Barnabo of the Mountains

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In the years after the Great War, high in the Dolomites, conflict rages between forest-rangers and gun-toting poachers. Enter soft-spoken Barnabo (Pauletti), a new ranger, whose nerve gives way during an operation to track down the gang that killed the station commander. Dismissed, the young man repairs to the solace of a peasant household, but when he receives a letter from his former superior, the call of the peaks and the chance to right old wrongs is too strong to resist. With its spare dialogue, meditative pacing and expressive use of Schubert's chamber music, this slow, rather beautiful piece is very much a European Art Movie writ large. You'll look elsewhere for snappy one-liners, but in its own way this mesmeric work has rare restorative powers. A gentle giant.

By: TJ

Release details

Duration: 124 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Mario Brenta
Screenwriter: Angelo Pasquini, Mario Brenta, Francesco Alberti, Enrico Soci
Cast: Marco Pauletti
Duilio Fontana
Carlo Caserotti
Antonio Vecellio
Angelo Chiesura
Alessandra Milan