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Friday, November 25, 2005

Lavazza Italian Film Festival 2005: 'Manuale D'Amore' and 'Cantando Dietroi I Paraventi'

I managed to catch two films at the Perth Italian Film Festival.

Manuale D'Amore (Manual Of Love)

This charming romantic comedy is Italy's highest-grossing film in years, and I can see why. It's about four tales of love and betrayal featuring very likable characters, the first one is about a young man trying to win the affections of a disinterested beautiful woman, the second is about a middle-aged couple trying to rediscover their spark, the third is about a policewoman trying to get her revenge when she found out her husband had an affair with someone else, and the last one's about a paediatrician trying to win back his wife, who abandoned him for another guy. It's so sweet and romantic, so bustling with life that I almost want to fly to Rome immediately and roam the streets on a scooter.

Hell, I loved this film so much that I immediately wanted to catch another film at festival the next day, which led me to drag Justin along to see...

Cantando Dietroi I Paraventi (Singing Behind Screens)

This film by master director Ermanno Olmi has Chinese people in ancient Chinese costumes speaking Italian (!!). And at the beginning, there's a nude swordsfighting chick. It started out as a stage performance, then we enter the tale of a woman pirate.

After that, I was completely lost.

The cinematography is beautiful.

Lead actress Jun Ichikawa (a Japanese actress raised in Italy) has a compelling screen presence.

I wanted to write more. But at that time, I really didn't understand the film.