Despite his fiancee's reluctance, a young man moves to Sicily for a better job, but soon starts questioning his decision.Despite his fiancee's reluctance, a young man moves to Sicily for a better job, but soon starts questioning his decision.Despite his fiancee's reluctance, a young man moves to Sicily for a better job, but soon starts questioning his decision.
In the industrial North, Giovanni is a skilled factory worker offered a promotion if he'll go to Sicily for 18 months to assist in a new department. His impending absence strains his already nearly wordless relationship with Liliana, his fiancée. They meet regularly at a dance hall and sometimes go riding on his motorcycle. We watch him arrive in Sicily, walk the town, live in a hotel, find lodgings, work, and participate in local events. It's a solitary, melancholy life. In his mind's eye he thinks about Liliana. He hasn't been entirely faithful. There's pain and detachment in her eyes. Across this distance, can anything bring about a breakthrough? Do they have a future? —<firstname.lastname@example.org>
Good, but I wish I liked it anywhere near as much as I did Il posto
A nice, small film much in the vein of Olmi's earlier Il posto, which was one of the best films I saw in 2012. The film follows an engaged couple (the title translates to The Fiances). The man (Carlo Cabrini) accepts a post in a far-away factory for an extended period of time, leaving his fiancée (Anna Canzi) home alone. There's not much to it plotwise. It's kind of a mood piece, as the two experience life apart, trying to enjoy it but not really being able to. It's quite lovely, but, I have to say, I didn't really connect to it emotionally anywhere near the level that I did with Il posto. I can see viewers reacting similarly to Il posto, because that, too, was a very small, simple, short film. In some ways, I thought that this felt kind of like Olmi was trying to recapture the mood of Il posto but didn't entirely succeed. Still, it's worthwhile.
- May 5, 2013
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