Film-maker Niccoló Farra (Tomás Milián - Boccaccio 70, La Luna) doesn't have a clear idea about his next film beyond the fact that it's about a woman. At his sister's clinic, he encounters Mavi (Daniela Silveiro). Their affair, by turns passionate and volatile, transforms Niccoló. His obsession for Mavi turns paranoid as he suspects their movements are being watched by an unseen admirer. Her disappearance from his life and failure to contact her leaves him desiccated. A fresh relationship with Ida (Christine Boisson) brings some form of stability as Niccoló attempts to resolve the crisis that envelops his art and life, one inseparable from the other.
Identification of a Woman, Michelangelo Antonioni's penultimate feature, marked a return to Italy after an interim period dedicated to international productions (Blow-Up, The Passenger). It revisits the themes of his 60s works (L'Avventura), while breaking new ground in its impressionistic narrative and its unaffected visual style. Described by commentators such as Jonathan Rosenbaum as one of the greatest Italian films of the 80s, it reveals a film pioneer committed to documenting the tensions of modernity while placing human relationships at the focus of its constant mutability.
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: Italian ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Biographies, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Filmographies, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: A divorced middle-aged Italian film director (Tomas Millian) is seeking meaning and love in both his life and his film. He becomes involved with an aristocratic woman, but trouble ensues when he begins to receive anonymous threats demanding that he abandon the relationship. When the woman mysteriously disappears, the director begins seeing an actress who works in experimental plays. She too leaves after telling him that she is carrying another man's child. In his quest for meaning, all the director manages to find is meaningless sex and lots of metaphors for isolation and abandonment: fog, open doors, empty landscapes. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Cannes Film Festival, ...Identification of a Woman ( Identificazione di una donna ) ( Identification d'une femme )