Pietra tenera

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Pietra tenera

Directed by Aurélie Mertenat

  • Switzerland 2017; 52 min
  • Original version: Italian, Thai
  • Genre: Documentary


Inside a workshop covered in green dust, an old man turns a stone on a machine stamped “Pasquino- Milano”. He is soon joined by his wife and adopted son. The teenager is learning the trade alongside his father. In the mountains, where they extract the stone, they undergo the elements: the sun, the wind, the snow, and time is versatile. With a melodious Thai accent, the mother tells of her arrival in Italy. The father evokes his roots, the history of his ancestors and the work of soapstone. The son envies his friends, their journeys, the risks they take where they only have themselves to blame or thank. As if echoing his doubts, he suffers a fall on his motorcycle. Accidents are repeated from generation to generation, along with obscure forces that bind them together. Much like the spirituality expressed with in Thai culture as well as on the roof of the world that is the “Valteline“, tensions never really reach a breaking point. They are part of a whole and give weight to existence. Built like a kaleidoscope, the film attempts the approach of reality by small impressionist touches. The discreet look at this universe, sets a strange distance with the reality that slips, imperceptibly, into fiction.