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Time Stood Still

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Originally commissioned by the Edisonvolta company to make a documentary showcase of its new hydroelectric dam, Ermanno Olmi instead turned in this spirited and spiritual docu-drama, his first feature film.

A comedy about intergenerational tension set high up in the Italian Alps, where an older caretaker and his greenhorn assistant are left to bond after an avalanche isolates them from the outside world.

Olmi’s debut showcases his neo-realist eye for the ordinary – and extraordinary – details of life, qualities that would inform much of the director’s celebrated later work.