Georges and Anne are an octogenarian couple. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, also a musician, lives in Britain with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple's bond of love is severely tested.
A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease.
A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son's custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.
Thomas Bo Larsen,
Jep Gambardella has seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades, but after his 65th birthday and a shock from the past, Jep looks past the nightclubs and parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.
I liked this film, but I had some trouble connecting with it.
It's sort of mannered, and the artifice is right out there in front. The film's style tended to make me scurry around, looking for clues about some specific didactic message in the film. I got the gist, I think, but in a lot of ways it felt like a puzzle that I didn't solve. Which is not an altogether pleasant experience.
In a lot of ways, the film felt sort of dreamlike. Sometimes I'll have a dream that I'm sure meant something, but exactly how the various details of the dream contribute to the larger message is hard to say.
I was reminded of something a Russian friend told me once. She said that you have to watch out for countries with "souls". When people talk about the "Russian Soul", be careful.
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