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The three previous commentaries are very good and to the point. I agree with all of them in what they express. That's why I will make no comments of this film because everything has been said. I would only offer empty repetition.
I just want to call attention to the way Rome is shown here. They start with a pitch black (winter?) break of dawn, with people on public transportation, most of them going to work, humble kind of work no doubt if they go to it that early in the day.
The photography is digital, according to the credits, so maybe on a big cinema screen this movie causes a very different impression; since I saw it at home on a small flat screen, I'm sure I lost plenty with the smallness of the screen size.
Little by little the sky changes colors from very deep blues to very bright Mediterranean skies; colors, quite saturated at the beginning --almost black, with total absence of chroma-- start to be recognizable on their own shades.
Midday comes along, later the golden afternoon and finally night again. A whole day has been photographed through different Roman streets, monuments, fountains, traffic..., all of it with care, love and a lingering camera quietly going throughout this marvelous city, caressing a decaying pale pink wall here, a blue-grey cobblestone street pattern there, the wet pavement reflecting the thousand traffic lights in movement, etc.
Of course the movie fails to give us the full impact of the incomparable experience of being there in person, but it gives food to the mind to rekindle memories: "Yes! I know that building! I've been through that street, I recognize that monument!" and maybe I identified those characters with so many others similar to them in real life! that sort of warm thinking is a delicate subconscious offering of this movie as an understructure for the multiple stories and characters. Nostalgic. Charming. Nice.
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