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Room in Rome (2010)

Habitación en Roma (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 7 May 2010 (Spain)
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A hotel room in the center of Rome serves as the setting for two young and recently acquainted women to have a physical adventure that touches their very souls.

Director:

Julio Medem

Writers:

Julio Rojas (based on a movie written by), Julio Medem | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Elena Anaya ... Alba
Natasha Yarovenko ... Natacha
Enrico Lo Verso ... Max
Najwa Nimri ... Edurne
Ander Malles Ander Malles ... Boy
Laura Meizoso Laura Meizoso ... Girl
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A young Russian woman named Natasha is soon to be married and is on holiday in Rome where she meets Alba. She accompanies Alba to her hotel room as a curious acquaintance and stays as a growing friend. In this room in Rome, the two women come to know one another intimately over the course of the night, and explore and discover themselves along the way. Only the break of day threatens to break their newly forged bond. Written by ~mep1 (mEp)

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Una noche de pasión que cambiará sus vidas (One night of passion that will change their lives)

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Drama | Romance

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Julio Medem wrote the part of Alba for Elena Anaya. When the actress accepted the role, she and Medem went to Russia to cast the perfect Dasha. After seeing a lot of actresses and models, they found the perfect one, but the night before this woman was to fly to Spain to start rehearsals, her husband read the screenplay and forbade her to play the role which involved nudity and lesbian lovemaking scenes. However, after returning from Russia dejected, Medem and Anaya found Russian-born model Natasha Yarovenko while casting in Spain, specifically in Barcelona, who accepted the role. See more »

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In what's meant to be the same scene shown from two different angles, when Natacha's sat on the balcony, she can be seen from the bathroom, but not vice versa where there's a curtain in the way and it's clearly a separate set as there's no trace of the bedroom. See more »

Quotes

Alba: So... what was your name?
Natasha: I told you twice already.
Alba: Maybe on the third time I get it.
Natasha: It's Natasha.
Alba: Natasha? Is that the name you said earlier?
Natasha: You're not saying it right. It's pronounced nah-tat-sha. "Sha".
Alba: Sha?
Natasha: Sha. And you are Alba which is Spanish for dawn.
Alba: That's my unique moment.
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Featured in La noche de...: La noche de... Wonder Woman (2020) See more »

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Conversation With An Absent Father
Composed by Jocelyn Pook
(p) & © 2010 Nuba Records, S.L. / Warner Music Spain S.L.
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Intoxicating
4 February 2011 | by davmun3See all my reviews

Julio Medem's "Room in Rome" is the tale of a Spanish lesbian who, one night in Rome, picks up a Russian girl who has never been with a woman before. At first the girl is nervous and after some foreplay in the lesbian's hotel room, she gets cold feet and sneaks away while the other girl is sleeping. But she has forgotten her mobile phone. She returns to the hotel room and knocks on the door. The other girl answers the door naked just as a waiter comes to deliver food to the room next door. She doesn't cover herself up but tells the waiter they may want some food later. And so begins a night of games, fantasies, laughter, love-making and the baring of souls as well as bodies.

Medem has created a film of rare beauty, intoxicating romanticism and scorching eroticism. The girls spend almost the entire film nude, the camera slowly panning over their warmly lit skin and lingering in loving close-up on the passion-lit faces. To a soundtrack of lush pop music and opera and amidst the classical paintings that cover the walls and comment on the action, the girls engage in games of fabricated identity, only gradually pealing off the layers of fantasy to reveal the often tragic secrets that have made them who they are.

It is perhaps ironic that a film about a relationship between two women should be one that drew me into its story more deeply than any romantic film I can remember, and yet I could identify with both and fell in love with both. What makes the film so powerful is not the sex, erotic as that is, but the by turns playful and compassionate interactions between the women. This is an open spontaneous encounter between two people which necessarily changes them, and it is one which captures the rich joy of life.

The film has the classical beauty of a film by Bertolucci or Visconti, but unlike their best films, which tend to look at the darker side of life, "Room in Rome" is ultimately, in spite of some powerful moments of angst, a feel-good movie.

The only previous Medem film I've seen was "Sex and Lucia" (2001) which is another favourite which also featured a supporting role by Elena Anaya, who plays the lesbian in this film. I look forward to catching up with more of the work of this talented Spanish filmmaker.


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2.35 : 1
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