The Wind Blows Round

Synopsis: The aging, conservative population of a small, sleepy village in the Italian Alps are surprised to see that a former French professor has settled there with his young wife and their three children to produce goat cheese, in order to escape the wrongs of civilization. At first they are suspicious of his unconventional ideas and lifestyle, then are conquered by the enthusiasm, kindness, helpfulness of the young family and start to see in them a possible rebirth of the place. But little by little misunderstandings, envy and conflicts take over.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Giorgio Diritti
  5 wins & 13 nominations.
110 min

But how can I start?

Say something about

the rueido,

about what it meant for us,

for our community.

Getting together to do

all the heaviest work,

being united.

Then you could talk about

the rueido

at the end of the war,

the one you were involved in.

.. and the wind blows round...




I'd like to know if any houses

are for sale or rent in the village.

I don't know, try.

May I help you?

I'd like to know if there are

any houses for sale.

I went to the municipality,

but it's closed.

It's always closed in the afternoon.

- Is it for a holiday home?

- No, to live in.

Personally, I don't know,

but if you drop by on Sunday

you'll find homeowners

and more people besides.

Can you direct me to

the mayor's house?

He lives in the city.

I'll leave my phone number

in case anyone can help.


He didn't even buy a coffee!

Excuse me!

Come in.

Make yourself comfortable.

It's fantastic!

Why are you looking

for a house here?

So I can live here.

- Would you like a coffee?

- Yes, thank you.

Where are you from?

I'm living in the Pyrenees,

but I want to leave because they're

building a nuclear power station.

I checked out Switzerland

and the Valle d'Aosta.

Then I thought I'd go back to France

and I found this valley.

- You like the mountains?

- Yes, I'm a shepherd.

I've got goats. I make cheese.

It's very good!

- Do you live alone?

- No, I'm married.

I've got three children.

- I need a big house.

- Most people moved away.

Many went to work in Turin,

others live further down the valley,


Pina, come here!

- Phillipe Heraud. Hello.

- Hello.

I'm Fausto.

- Mr Heraud is looking for a house.

- A holiday home?

No, I'm not a holiday-maker,

I'm a cheese-maker.

He's a shepherd. He'd like to move

to Chersogno.

So you're living in the Pyrenees?

For some years.

I used to be a teacher, but I left...

Didn't you like it?

Too much bureaucracy.

They teach children too many

useless things.

The Pyrenees are beautiful,

but my wife's worried about

this nuclear power station business.

If this continues,

we might as well close down the show.

I've got better things to do

than come here to talk about nothing.

This business of the Frenchman

looks like a good opportunity.

Before thinking of foreigners,

let's think of our own problems.

The village has changed,

there are local necessities.

The village is deserted

eleven months of the year!

That's why the thieves come!

These are the local necessities.

He'll want us to clear the roads

for him in winter,

and pay for a bus

to take his kids to school.

It's an opportunity we can't miss!

If there were opportunities,

you think I wouldn't come back here?

Costanzo, what do you expect

from a ghost town?

- And who is this stranger?

- Careful he's not a drop-out.

Seems like a clever guy,

he's got an education.

What is he, a freak?

A bit of a retard?

Let's ask the region

for a loan instead,

then we can restore the statues

of our patron saints.

And then the road to the ARP

so that cars can go on it.

Then we should get

those TV people up here.

These are things that help

attract tourists!

Attract new life to the village!

If I'm not mistaken,

we all had a hand in writing

the programme we presented

at the elections.

What do we want to be,

an administration of vacationers?

Costanzo, you know things

are impossible here.

Everybody's gone!

Why should the council take risks

for something pointless?

Because it's right!

It's right to take risks

every now and then.


you have the brain of a tourist.

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