Monday, September 20, 2010

Cosavogliodipiù / What More Do I Want

Kun silmäni mä auki saan / [direct Finnish translation: Mitä haluaisin lisää]. IT 2010. P: Lionello Cerri, Ruth Waldburger. D: Silvio Soldini. SC: Silvio Soldini, Doriana Leondeff, Angelo Carbone. With: Alba Rohrwacher (Anna), Pierfrancesco Favino (Domenico), Teresa Saponangelo (Miriam), Giuseppe Battiston (Alessio). 126 min. A screener dvd with English subtitles by Ian Burley viewed at home, 20 Sep 2010

Silvio Soldini and Lionello Cerri visit Helsinki Film Festival, and I watched their new film on dvd before the Cinema Mondo dinner at the Kabuki restaurant. Soldini's Pane e tulipani (Bread and Tulips) was well received in Finland. Cosavogliodipiù is the secret love story of two grown-up people who are already committed. Anna has a partner and a comfortable life situation. But she has baby fever, and Alessio is not interested in children. When Anna meets Domenico, nothing can stop them, but Domenico is already married with children, and slowly it dawns on Anna that Domenico will not leave his family. Anna is Milanese, and Domenico comes from Southern Italy. The final episode of their affair takes place in Tunis. Silvio Soldini has a great sense of the psychological complexities, he is a fine director of actors, and he finds a fresh angle to this always relevant story. The love scenes are frank and passionate in showing how necessary it is to let the big steam out. There is no ending to this story, the search will go on.

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