Bruce leaves his girlfriend behind in Paris for an arts fellowship that will allow him to live and work in Rome. Staying at a villa that once belonged to the Medici and being allowed to ...
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Bruce leaves his girlfriend behind in Paris for an arts fellowship that will allow him to live and work in Rome. Staying at a villa that once belonged to the Medici and being allowed to write full time seems like a dream until he meets Matteo, a native of Rome who works at the villa. Daily exposure to renaissance art and ancient Roman statuary and the looks of desire that he thinks he recognizes in Matteo's eyes leads Bruce to question his own sexual orientation. Why does Matteo seem to enjoy falling asleep in Bruce's bed so often? And why is Matteo so attentive one minute and so distant the next? If Matteo is interested, why does he also seem so interested in Irene, the American girl? And if Bruce is straight why does he care so much?Written by
Bruce, a French 24 year old, moves to Rome to study at the Villa Medicis and develops a crush on Mateo, a handsome Italian man of the same age who is interning at the Villa. After a period of infatuation, the two commence a short but intimate relationship. However, Mateo ultimately shuns Bruce. The remainder of the film deals with how Bruce copes with Mateo's rejection.
The acting in the film (especially the actor playing Bruce) is quite good, the shots of Rome are beautiful, and the movie will definitely be appealing to those that like European-style movies. However, overall I thought that the pace of the movie was too slow, and the plot was overly dramatic and plodding. By the time that the unexpected ending occurs, I was glad that the movie was over. Overall, I would give it a "B".
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