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Benvenuta
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Livio Carpi
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Jeanne
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François
Claire Wauthion ...
Inge
Philippe Geluck ...
Le père
Anne Chappuis ...
La mère
Armando Marra ...
Le chanteur
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Le journaliste
Franco Trevisi ...
Le policier
Turi Giuffrida ...
Le douanier
Goddart ...
L'hôtesse
Franco Angrisano ...
Le gardien de la villa des Mystères
Tamara Triffez ...
Jeune dame
Beatrice Palme ...
La biche
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A passionate affair set against the intense encounter between a film-maker and a novelist. The story begins with young scriptwriter François tracking down the author of a once-scandalous novel. His aim is to adapt the work for the screen but several elements of the novel he finds difficult to comprehend. The author, Jeanne, is initially cautious of relaying information, insisting the presumably autobiographical book in no way relates to her personal life. However, eventually she takes the man into confidence to tell the background of Benvenuta. She paints the picture of a musical virtuoso who against her better judgment becomes involved with an Italian magistrate. It's a no-holds-barred passion of hot temperaments doomed to a miserable conclusion. Written by Hannelore Goossens

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7 September 1983 (France)  »

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Cartas de Amor  »

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Haunting exploration of May-December affair
28 September 2000 | by (New York, USA) – See all my reviews

This is a story within a story. A journalist comes to a reclusive writer to gather details about the scandalous affair she described in an autobiographical book. His questioning awakens old passions and stirs new emotions, and the story unfolds. The story is of a beautiful young woman and the lover who marks her for life with a passion that is as mystical and consuming as the secret rites of Isis in the frescoes on the walls of an ancient villa in Pompeii. Like a fire that makes the words stand out on a yellowing page before the whole is consumed, this love brings out old childhood memories and a childish, fervent belief in truth.

This film bears watching over and over again, if only because Fanny Ardant is incandescent here.


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