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The Dark Sea (2006)
"Mare nero" (original title)

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The girlfriend of Detective Luca Mocci moves from the house of her friend Charlotte to live with him. When the corpse of the upper-class escort and student Valentina Martini is found in an ... See full summary »

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Veronica
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Monica Samassa ...
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The girlfriend of Detective Luca Mocci moves from the house of her friend Charlotte to live with him. When the corpse of the upper-class escort and student Valentina Martini is found in an apartment, tied and beaten after a kinky sex, Detective Mocci becomes obsessed with his investigation in the underworld of sex in his city, arising dark desires and affecting his relationship with his girlfriend. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Starts promisingly, only to lose its coherence as it proceeds
22 October 2006 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

Mare Nero (Black Sea) is Roberta Torre's fourth feature, and her first thriller. Given the acclaim her previous works had received, one might be entitled to expecting something good and interesting. Sadly, the movie isn't particularly accomplished.

It begins well, though: a corpse is found in the sea (the location is Naples) and the deceased young woman turns out to have been leading a quite peculiar life during the night. As a police inspector (Luigi Lo Cascio) looks into the case, he gets more and more obsessed with the victim's habits, and this obsession starts causing problems in his relationship with a French woman (Anna Mouglalis).

The rest of the story is very predictable, as Torre panders to genre conventions without adding anything new. In fact, from a certain point on, she kind of suspends the narrative threads, offering instead a montage of Lynch and Kubrick references.

Technically speaking, I liked the film: the cinematography and music are impressive. As for the acting, Lo Cascio could have made his ambiguous cop more appealing, while Mouglalis'supporting turn is just as amusingly perverse as the role demands.

Overall, however, Mare Nero disappoints because it gets overly confusing in its second half, with no precise idea of where it wants to go. This approach could have worked with the right director. Unfortunately, that isn't Roberta Torre. She should stick to musicals or dramas, and leave these films to those who know how to handle them.

6,5/10


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