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Refined and Ingenious
J.C. Mohsen from Milwaukee, Wisconsin
21 July 2004
Francesca, a seventeen-year-old Roman, is finally sure she has found
love. Almost sure. She spends the day observing other lovers' behaviors
and considering whether she is ready to jump. Her age notwithstanding,
this movie is more about coming of age than about improper or illegal
If Catherine Spaak, beautiful and innocent, acts with brio, the quality
of the supporting cast makes the movie. From a fifty-year-old indebted
socialite who is having too much fun for her daughter's taste to a
jaunty gigolo who turns out to be eaten by unreciprocated love, the
minor characters entertain, delight, and subtly teach valuable lessons
to both Francesca and the audience.
This film's unpredictability is refreshing. Whether written or filmed,
coming-of-age stories often fail to surprise or intrigue the audience.
In I Dolci Inganni, most characters seem at first to be crazily
entertaining walking clichés, but they later astonish the audience by
revealing their depth and their inner struggles. If love is widely
accepted as a common human need, it can be expressed in mysterious,
unsettling, incomprehensible ways. The variety of its forms in the
movie gives the spectator an opportunity to reflect on his or her own
endeavors and dreams.
This movie will seem slow paced to Gen-Xers, but anybody interested in
human nature should see it.
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