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Traveling Companion (1996)

Compagna di viaggio (original title)
In Rome, Cora is a waitress at a club, walks people's dogs, sleeps with various men, kips with pals, and has a salty tongue. She also has a bruised history: her mother's suicide, her ... See full summary »

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Peter Del Monte

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Peter Del Monte (screenplay), Peter Del Monte (story) | 3 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Michel Piccoli ... Cosimo
Asia Argento ... Cora
Lino Capolicchio ... Pepe
Silvia Cohen Silvia Cohen ... Ada
Max Malatesta ... Giulio
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tarcisio Branca Tarcisio Branca ... Il portiere
Antonio Calia Antonio Calia ... Giulio bambino
Sebastiano Colla Sebastiano Colla ... Fabio
Germano Di Mattia Germano Di Mattia ... Raul
Silvana Gasparini Silvana Gasparini ... L'amica del laboratorio di ceramica
Maddalena Maggi Maddalena Maggi ... laa mdre di Cora
Patrizia Pezza Patrizia Pezza ... L'amica di cameriera
Pier Francesco Poggi Pier Francesco Poggi ... Il venditore di mobili (as Pierfrancesco Poggi)
Christele Procopio Christele Procopio ... Cora bambina
Elisabetta Rocchetti ... L'amica extetista
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In Rome, Cora is a waitress at a club, walks people's dogs, sleeps with various men, kips with pals, and has a salty tongue. She also has a bruised history: her mother's suicide, her brother's mental illness. Ada, a dog-owning client, hires her to follow Ada's aged and courtly father every day. The dad, a retired philology professor, has a touch of dementia, sometimes forgetting where he is; Cora is to keep him in sight, phoning Ada if the professor has difficulties. On the third day, he takes a train out of Rome, and Cora follows on what proves to be a journey into her best and worst selves. She becomes his traveling companion, but what does he become to her? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Cora: [On the phone to Cosimo's daughter] Ada, we're at Carpi. How do I know where he is going! I can't follow him to the North Pole. I know, but I'm not the Pink Panther.
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Nice but not memorable.
27 January 2005 | by myfavoriteartformSee all my reviews

Compagna di Viaggio is a story of an aimless, rootless, orphaned 19 year-old girl, Cora, who works odd jobs and sleeps at various friends' homes. One of her jobs is walking the dog of Ada, a woman married to a journalist.

One day, Ada tells her that her father, a recently retired professor, has begun to show signs of dementia, and will wander throughout the city. She offers to pay Cora to shadow him, supposedly unseen, so he won't get lost. Cora agrees, but to her chagrin on the second day he boards a train and starts travelling through Italy, rather than just wandering the streets of Rome.

There are some subplots, involving Cora's brother, Ada's husband's infidelity, and Cora's depression, which seem more or less random since they are not fully developed nor resolved.

The film is well acted, and while there are some very nice scenes, some of which are quite poignant, it really doesn't add up to a compelling story. The ending suggests that the writer couldn't figure out where to go, so he created something somewhat artificial that really doesn't answer the questions which are raised along the way.

It's watchable, but I wouldn't go out of my way to see it. Despite the lovely scenery and fine acting, I'd only give it 6 out of 10.


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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

26 April 1996 (Italy) See more »

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Traveling Companion See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Alia Film, Istituto Luce See more »
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