Ennioo's previous thoughts sum this up for me.
Cemetery Without Crosses is also a favourite of mine, but I didn't like this one so much.
It's not that I thought it a poor film, it was beautifully shot and had some powerful moments. I can certainly see why others rate it so highly, but it was a bit slow and overly melodramatic at times for my tastes.
It's very serious and moody in tone - and quite thought provoking. But unlike CWC, it but comes across as being a trifle 'worthy' at times and too self-conscious. Although I was never really bored, I was never really involved with the characters either, although Giovanna Ralli was magnificently silent (for the most part), on her slow and painful voyage of discovery.
And I thought the ending was pretty good in its anti-climatic way.
I didn't expect a spaghetti, or indeed a 'western' (for all the obvious reasons)... but I missed the melancholy trumpets and wolf loop all the same.