Nello Balocchi, a 35-year-old teacher of Greek and Latin, is invited to Bologna by his father, the owner of the Papal tailor's shop in Rome. His father hopes Nello will find a soul mate in ... See full summary »
Nello Balocchi, a 35-year-old teacher of Greek and Latin, is invited to Bologna by his father, the owner of the Papal tailor's shop in Rome. His father hopes Nello will find a soul mate in Bolgna and thus produce an heir for the business. Nello stays in a guesthouse run by Arabella, a wise woman who already knows all about his situation. He shares a room with Domenico, a crafty barber from Naples. After several unsuccessful efforts, Nello meets Angela, an exuberant, beautiful young blind girl with whom he falls hopelessly in love. The girl's father and Nello's parents do not approve of the relationship, but the real problem is Angela's temperament. Written by
Sujit R. Varma
According to the English subtitles, Nello walks into Angela's room and says, "Good morning". They only talk for a few minutes. She then asks him if it is dark outside, to which he replies: "It's almost evening". However, this is not necessarily a mistake in the original Italian. "Buon giorno" is said until lunchtime, even as late as 2pm, and "buona sera" takes over from siesta time onwards. Saying "E' quasi sera" would not be an error if the scene began at lunchtime. See more »
Basically it's the story of a man not joining the chorus, Nello, and of his impossible love for the woman of his dreams. Emotionally speaking he is a late teenager (35 years old), he never had a girlfriend and his father wants to find one for him. It could be a typical comedy setup, but Neri Marcorè gives out his best in his first _serious_ role. The consequence is a strange, a bit surreal, film.
IF you passed through love delusions or a terrible shyness during adolescence you'll love the movie. It has the power to make you remember those feelings, showing them as real as possible. Great acting from Neri and Giancarlo and from secondary characters, good job with casting! Simple but realistic setting and costumes make Il Cuore Altrove a snapshot of Italy of late twenties.
I propose this film to the fans of Punch-Drunk Love, it's another good example of how love can make impossible things happen.
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