The Tree of Wooden Clogs (L'albero degli Zoccoli) 1979

The Tree of Wooden Clogs

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On a northern Italian farm in the late 19th century, a group of sharecroppers eke out a threadbare existence. A priest advises Batisti (Luigi Ornaghi) and his wife, Batistina (Francesca Moriggi), that their young son, Minec (Omar Brignoli), should be formally educated, so they sacrifice his help in the fields and send him to school. When Minec's wooden shoe breaks one day, Batisti--in an act of desperation--puts the family's future at risk to replace the clog.

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Critic Reviews for The Tree of Wooden Clogs (L'albero degli Zoccoli)

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (1)

  • I found the film most successful when it left its tenant farm setting for a lovely, lyrical boat trip to the big city, the one moment of expansiveness in Olmi's otherwise hermetic narration.

    July 3, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The film has a tempo as slow as the seasons' turn, but there is something magnificent in its utter commitment and authenticity.

    July 7, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Produces feelings of aching joy and melancholy in equal measure.

    July 7, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • What I'm suggesting is that this movie should be viewed for its actual visual content, rather than for its noble pretensions.

    October 23, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • A hypnotic look at a way of life that no longer exists.

    September 30, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The asceticism of the film accentuates the slowness of a story that is already too prolonged. [Full Review in Spanish]

    August 6, 2019 | Full Review…

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  • Mar 24, 2010
    Magnificent and all embracing neorealist work of art, being directly inspired by the classic Italian masters and applying, at the same time, visual beauty of tremendous emotional weight almost worth of a Tarkovsky or an Angelopoulos masterpiece. Olmi shows, through his inspirational scope and an almighty musical score, the most realistic and invigorating depiction of peasant poverty, a rare human breed that shows an immense passion for life and independence of God, perhaps not in the way it is supposed to be, yet managing to incarnate humankind's universality and fortitude of the spirit, like if the soul and Nature itself were merged into one single entity of life idealization. 100/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Oct 03, 2008
    Sometimes,you don't need none but the amateur's heart.Olmi's glorifying tenderness qualifies his ability to show reality as a glass of water:he embodies Nature as the God of agricultural loneliness(and poverty).Goddess to be precise...
    Dimitris S Super Reviewer

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