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

1979

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

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Italian filmmaker Ermanno Olmi's Tree of the Wooden Clogs covers a period of twelve months, dividing its time between three peasant families, all of whom work on the estate of an all-but-absentee landlord. Special emphasis is given the interrelationships between the various family members and their neighbors. Tree of the Wooden Clogs was honored with the Golden Palm award at the Cannes Film Festival.

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  • 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.

    Jul 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.

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

    Jul 7, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • The asceticism of the film accentuates the slowness of a story that is already too prolonged. [Full Review in Spanish]

    Aug 6, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The harmonious unity of Ermanno Olmi's film, despite one or two discordant notes, stems largely from the director's circumspect approach to all its elements. The parts are justly proportioned and nothing is allowed to command undue attention.

    Jan 22, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Using a non-professional cast it demands patience, but stick with it and its warm, gentle humanism, plus Olmi's affection for his characters, soon become beguiling.

    Jul 3, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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

  • 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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