In the suburbs of Rome, the translator Vittoria breaks her engagement with her boyfriend, the writer Ricardo, after a troubled night. Vittoria goes downtown to meet her mother, who is addicted to the stock market, and she meets the broker Piero on a day of crash. The materialist Piero and the absent Vittoria begin a monosyllabic relationship.Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
At 1:28:30 into the film, Vittoria and Piero get wet from a sprinkler. The right side of Piero's jacket is clearly wet. A minute later when they are listening to the piano player, the back of Vittoria's blouse is still wet, but Piero's jacket is dry. See more »
It only takes a few films to become familiar with the methodic ways of Michelangelo Antonioni. Themes of alienation, disconnection, romance without the romance and dealing with an ambiguous existential way of life. It's fascinating but challenging. I came into L'Eclisse wanting to love it because I love L'Avventura and Blowup but deliberately hard to connect to. We're thrown into a vague but disheartening scenario with depressed characters and just have to follow down that road. It has rich cinematography that has beautiful composition, but an gut- sinking emptiness. It's almost too precise and too self-aware. But that's the beauty of the film, its aesthetic is not supposed to be pleasing, even though artistically it should be. In fact, it's painful. Painful to watch the busiest life of the film being at the stock market while the rest of nature is desolate yet so picturesque. Machines and technology are prominent throughout the film and often physically get in the way of human relationships. The film is a profound and quietly poignant statement on human desires and insecurities, if a little held back by a touch of pretence and too cold for its own good.
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