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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 afternoon, and "buona sera" takes over from 5 p.m. onwards. Saying "E' quasi sera" would not be an error if the scene began at lunchtime. See more »
There is a very excellent little cult movie cinema just near my house. I saw The Station Agent and A Heart Elsewhere (advertised name) tonight for $11Aus (bout $5US). The first was great, check it out, different style comedy. The second, A Heart Elsewhere, was a very interesting love tale.
The story is about Nelo; a 35year old virgin, intelligent and charming Italian. Nelo is sent to teach at and, more importantly, find a wife at a distant college. His father was scared of him becoming gay like his brother (Nelo's uncle). After a few failings he starts seeing an incredibly beautiful and blind women Angela.
The movie revolves around the emotions and the rationalising of the two leads. The 'easy', vengeful, slightly money hungry Angela, and the sensitive Nelo. Nelo is warned by by everyone he knows that Angela is a man eater. Indeed Angela's behaviour is sometimes questionable, but the motives remain unclear. A quote for an example shows 'Make sure they see us leave together. I want them to see us. Why is Angela acting this way? The movie draws you into the two characters and their world.
I saw this as a date movie with my girlfriend at the time. But it's not just a romance movie. It's an interesting look at a number of concepts. The idea of love in general, a broken person only able to find love in another broken person. The way in which blindness was treated. It wasn't a love story in the champagne and strawberries and heart warming sense. It was a true life story.
Also, the scenery of the movie was breath taking. Each room in the movie had these spectacular murals and the shear beauty of the movie 'scenes' was like watching a moving painting. Even Angela is referred to as a painting within the movie. A comment that is very fitting towards her beauty.
With all that in mind, it's not for everyone. If you generally like your blockbuster actions or your Bridgette Jones's romances, you may not like this. If you do like a little class, and a thoughtful, left of norm, tear jerker love story. This is it.
One note. White subtitles on white. One day they will stop this annoying habit, but not yet!
Overall: 6/10 for general audience. 9/10 for targeted audience.
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