Piccole labbra (1978)
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The best way I can explain this movie is Lolita but with no censorship on the scenes in which makes the male figure fall for the young girl. The story is way different of course but the similarities are there.
If I have a complaint it would be of the acting but then that could be more due to the age of the film, thus being a different style to what it is now.
In the end this is definitely a movie I will come back to down the track. The story was enough to keep me intrigued and did not go the way I expected so gave me a nice surprise in that regard.
I was lucky in the fact that the copy I watched was English dubbed that even though reading subtitles would have been fine it made the movie more enjoyable in that aspect. Hope everyone else is as lucky.
I have never taken any Italian classes in my life, and thus have a limited knowledge of the language, but in this film the dialogue is so poor and trite that I was able to understand most of what was being said, which should tell you a lot. The important thing about this, is that there is no meaningful dialogue between the ex soldier and the young girl at the heart of the romantic friction.
Here are some plot points that I felt further ruined the film. Firstly, he arrives in this home and he stays here for 2 nights and still has no idea that there is a young girl in the house. Her aunt and uncle did not tell him, so where did she eat dinner? Not with the rest of them? she made no noise around the house? I can see the director was trying to keep her as mysterious but in the end it's simply foolish, adds little to the film and mostly it doesn't make sense. Finally he runs into her multiple times, but she returns no dialogue to him. Soon after, he goes to the edge of a far off cliff clearly contemplating suicide, when suddenly out of nowhere she appears behind him and pulls him away from the cliff. Why would she even be there in the first place I ask myself. Nonetheless this would have been the perfect time for some meaningful dialogue, but as they undergo the long walk back to the house they don't say a word to each other, which made even less sense. Indeed they did not talk as she still runs from him the next time she sees him inexplicably. She finally begins to speak after about 40 minutes of the film have passed but before this point I was saying to myself "oh she must be deaf and dumb; that has to be it."
Despite a horrible romance story, that is never able to create meaning or sincerity in its initially perverted subject of a man who is off cavorting around with a 11 year old girl and her aunt and uncle are nowhere around, the final degradation of the whole story is the ending itself which turns into a similar game as in the film "lolita" between Humbert Humbert and Clare Quilty, while in this film it is much more subdued conflict between the ex soldier and the street performer that Eve befriends. Neither of them are true paedophiles, though still there is a strong sexual element. When the soldier returns back from a trip, he goes rushing around the house to find her but she is not there, then he goes about the property, sees Eve and the street performer. To me this seemed very stagey. Finally the movie ends in tragedy. To me this film was a very weak romantic study, with stagey plot development, and horrible dialogue. I cannot recommend this film at all to anyone, unless you have a romantic interest for young girls, because the one thing this movie does do, is make full use of the young girl's body. It is not the subject that makes this a horrible film, but it is everything about the way it was conceived and put together.