With Italy about to go to war in 1914, this is the story of the encounter between a goatherd called Lucia, the commune of young Northern Europeans led by Seybu and the town's young doctor on the unique island of Capri.
In 1914 twenty year-old Lucia enjoys a bucolic island existence looking after the family's herds of goats. The family's past, with all the positive aspects represented by the often silent mother figure, is concentrated in the house where the sick father is replaced by the brothers who are the bearers of the defense of a tradition that becomes an increasingly heavy dress for Lucia to wear. But when her father dies, her grumpy older brother decides to marry her off to a rich widower, thinking first and foremost about the financial benefits for the family. She joins a nudist colony, despite warnings from the locals that they are "devils". They are a commune of young North Europeans has found on Capri the ideal place to live their alternative life style and practice their art. There she falls under the spell of painter and commune leader Seybu. He teaches her to read and soon she is multi-lingual. But the local doctor Carlo hopes to win her affections and the two men fiercely stating ...Written by
Venice Film Festival
2 millennia ago Plato determined that the best medium for his theories would have been the literary dialogue form. Nowadays, video directors like Martone, think that it's a good idea to make a 2 hours movie with 20 minutes of bodies doing hippie things plus 20 minutes of people arguing with each other about their views (which obviously represent the writers' irrelevant perspectives on the world).
What about having images, sounds, the editing or the flow of events as your tools to communicate something? Nah... Martone likes to be direct on such overly important topics: let's just have the actors tell everything as if we were on a talk show (or the radio..)..
The only redeeming factors are - unsurprisingly and depressingly - the photography (guess what? one of the most iconic and beautiful tourist destinations..) and the natural beauty of the young actors.
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