Let's face it: there has never been an unpretentious movie made by a filmmaker named Michelangelo. But this one merits that weight. It begins and ends with the area residents' traditional creation of coal in a smoking pile of lumber that looks like a half-buried meteor. Point taken: in the end, we're all compost recycled back to the air, earth, and sea. *
LE QUATTRO VOLTE opens Fri/10 in Bay Area theaters.