After her mother commits suicide, nineteen year old Lucy Harmon travels to Italy to have her picture painted. However, she has other reasons for wanting to go. She wants to renew her acquaintance with Nicolo Donati, a young boy with whom she fell in love on her last visit four years ago. She also is trying to solve the riddle left in a diary written by her dead mother, Sara.Written by
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Considering that this is the same director that gave us The Last Emperor and 1900, it's hard to understand why this movie is so lame. It's full of talent--Liv Tyler, Jeremy Irons, etc.
One of the main subplots of the movie is that everyone is basically infatuated with Liv's character, even while they mock and tease her for her innocence. I wonder if director Bertolucci was infatuated as well. Unwrap all the outer layers of intrigue and pseudo artistry and you realize that this is basically another horndog movie. Liv Tyler is young and beautiful and a virgin. Who's going to nail her first?!! Set it in California and call it "The Sure Thing II."
Other than seeing the young Ms. Tyler and her co-stars get naked (which don't get me wrong, is a very good thing. Liv sure looks good without a shirt on), the best thing about the movie was the setting. I believe it's in Tuscany and just watching it makes me want to take out a second mortgage on my home and rebuild my backyard. Amazing gardens, ponds, pools, trees, countryside, patios, etc.
Anyway, very slow. Sort of reminded me of a nude version of a PBS gardening show. Like "The Victory Garden: Pink buds on our apple trees and on Liv Tyler too!"
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