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Giulia is like Oscar Wilde. Give her all the luxuries and she will manage without the little necessities.
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I know, I know, I just didn't "get" it. That's always the line of apologists for movies that lie there like 3 day old fish. I don't fall for it myself.
The movie is great to look at, and there are some good performances and interesting sequences, but it doesn't add up to a good movie.
Problem numero uno--it's a movie about bored people which does not completely avoid the trap of being dull as a consequence.
Problem numero due--the people are conflicted and restless and troubled, but almost totally unable to convey their thoughts or feelings. This comes to have the effect of severing the viewer's interest in said people. Claudia remains the most interesting because she is really the only person who seems alive and responsive to the moment, but she is not enough to make the movie a good one.
Problem numero tre--there is no there there. Every positive review I have seen of this film involves the reviewer bringing most of the refreshments to the party, then saying it is a great celebration. It's nice to be delighted with one's own cleverness in "helping" a movie by filling in all the many missing elements, but that's no reason to tell other people it's a great movie. It is not all up there on the screen. I am not averse to bringing my participation to the movie experience, but I don't expect a movie to be like MadLibs in which I am expected to supply all the verbs.
So, a much anticipated "classic" that disappoints; that's my review.
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