A director is forced to work with his ex-wife, who left him for the boss of the studio bankrolling his new film. But the night before the first day of shooting, he develops a case of psychosomatic blindness.
In Rome, the America tourist Hayley meets the local lawyer Michelangelo on the street and soon they fall in love with each other. Hayley's parents, the psychiatrist Phyllis and the retired music producer Jerry, travel to Rome to meet Michelangelo and his parents. When Jerry listens to Michelangelo's father Giancarlo singing opera in the shower, he is convinced that he is a talented opera singer. But there is a problem: Giancarlo can only sing in the shower. The couple Antonio and Milly travel to Rome to meet Antonio's relatives that belong to the high society. Milly goes to the hairdresser while Antonio waits for her in the room. Milly gets lost in Rome and the prostitute Anna mistakenly goes to Antonio's room. Out of the blue, his relatives arrive in the room and they believe Anna is Antonio's wife. Meanwhile the shy Milly meets her favorite actor Luca Salta (Antonio Albanese) and goes to his hotel room "to discuss about movies". One day, the middle-class clerk Leopoldo becomes a ... Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Roberto Benigni is described at the beginning as a "typical middle class Roman" but throughout the movie he acts with his notorious Florence accent - much different from a Roman's. See more »
Sorry, I don't speak English very well. I'm from Roma. My job, as you can see, is to see that the traffic move. I stand up here, an I see everything. All people. I see life. In this city, all is a story.
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This film is mildly amusing and yet contains some glimmers of the old Allen comic genius about it. I found it somewhat charming and overall not too bad. You won't be wetting yourself with laughter but it is 'a painting'of some charm nonetheless.
The film centres on the life/love stories of several folk in Rome hence the title 'Love Letters to Rome' all of which vary in their comedic factor.
Hats off to Penelope Cruz because her performance was outstanding and surprisingly good - she was very comical and great at speaking Italian. I think she stole the film in fact. Not so much the other stars, including Allen himself, largely down to the subdued material.
To go into more depth would bore the pants off anyone with a sane mind. Out of ten? A generous score is a 6 simply because it is an Allen and if feeling harsh, a bare five.
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