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The Consequences Of Love [2004] [DVD]

Toni Servillo , Olivia Magnani , Paolo Sorrentino    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Toni Servillo, Olivia Magnani, Adriano Giannini, Raffaele Pisu
  • Directors: Paolo Sorrentino
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Oct 2005
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,892 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Paolo Sorrentino's gripping psychological thriller probes the dark secret harboured by middle-aged Italian loner Titta Di Girolamo, who has lived for eight years in an anonymous Swiss hotel. Elegantly dressed, he impassively spends his days in the lobby of the hotel bar, observing the guests and staff with cool detachment. But his icy demeanour cracks when he begins to talk to attractive barmaid Sofia, and the terrible truth about Tizza's concealed world begins to unravel. Featuring masterfully restrained performances from Toni Servillo and Olivia Magnani, 'The Consequences of Love' is a tightly plotted, stylishly executed thriller that marks Sorrentino as an exciting and original filmmaker

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: Italian ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Behind the scenes, Documentary, Filmographies, Interactive Menu, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: A man, whose life is going nowhere, learns he had an attractive younger woman admirer in this drama from Italy. Titta Di Girolamo (Toni Servillo) is a middle-aged former stockbroker who now makes his living as a minor functionary with the Mafia. A few times a week, Di Girolamo handles bank deposits of large sums of money brought to Italy from the United States. When he's not occupied with that, Di Girolamo's life is barren, with only his occasional heroin use adding drama to his days. Divorced and cut off from his former wife and children, Di Girolamo lives in a hotel, and spends much of his day killing time in their cocktail lounge as he watches barmaid Sofia (Olivia Magnani) at work. When Di Girolamo's more outgoing brother Valerio (Adriano Giannini) stops by for a visit, he goads Di Girolamo into making small talk with Sofia, and soon he makes the unexpected discovery that Sophia has long had an infatuation with him. Le Conseguenze Dell'Amore was screened in competition at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Cannes Film Festival, David Donatello Awards, European Film Awards, ...The Consequences of Love ( Le Conseguenze dell'amore )

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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glacial, Unsentimental and Memorable 30 Nov 2005
By Colin C
The Consequences of Love is one of the best films I have seen this year. It focuses on an anonymous businessman who lives a very inactive, solitary existence in a Swiss hotel, and who, we discover little by little, is not in control of his own life and fate as much as he appears to be.
This is director Paolo Sorrentino's second film, but it looks like it has been directed by someone with the confidence of years and years of filmmaking. Several scenes are extremely slowly paced, tracking gradual movements in the frame, and examining textures and settings so that they are quite reminiscent of 'Art' directors such as Antonioni and Tarkovsky. the look and pace of the film also reminded me strongly of the Turkish film Uzak, and if you saw and enjoyed that one, then this is a must too.
This DVD release has a great, sharp picture and includes two small 'making of'documentaries which are, for once, worth watching, and a trailer. The film on its own would be a necessary purchase for anyone who enjoys European cinema, and as for the ending..... you won't forget it in a hurry!
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent and entertaining film 24 Feb 2006
By L. Davidson VINE VOICE
"The Consequences of Love" is an unusual film about a taciturn and aloof Italian businessman who has been living alone in a Swiss hotel for several years. Underneath his surface greyness he hides a number of dark secrets which account for his unhappiness. Starved of friendship and love , he forms a romantic attachment to an attractive waitress in the hotel bar and from that spark of love , he becomes energised to embark on a high risk mission to reclaim his life and break out of his "virtual prison". "The Consequences of Love" can prove to be dangerous indeed. The acting, characterisation and cinematography in this film are all first rate and the plot is intriguing. The ending to the film is one of the most memorable I have seen for quite some time.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars stylish, elegant and enjoyable 22 Oct 2005
By A Customer
This is a beautifully shot film, with enchanting camera work and supreme editing. The film flows at a constant, graceful yet purposeful pace, interspersed with moments of speed & power. The geographical setting is captured wonderfully and all adds to the powerfully pensive performance from Tony Servillo as the taciturn Titta Di Girolamo. Like a Shakespeare tragic hero, Di Girolamo has a fatal flaw and surely he cannot be allowed to enjoy the benefits of his criminal past? But will the challenge come from Olivia Magnani's captivating barmaid Sofia or his former employers?
The film loses its way a little toward the end, when it almost changes genre, and that's the only reason that I'm not giving it 5 stars.
It is however more than worthy of 4 stars and is a clever, thoughtful and visually stunning story about redemption, liberation and love.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars TREMENDOUS. 14 Jun 2006
Middle aged Italian loner (Servillo) has lived in a Swiss hotel for 8 years. He spends most his days in the cafe playing cards, and observing the guests with a scientific detachment.

One day (out of character) he decides to speak to an attractive bar maid, and then the disturbing secrets of his inner world come to light. Soon his world is turned upside down.

This movie is a slow-burning masterpiece. Easily the best movie I have seen in 2006.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A best friend remembered 14 Sep 2008
By sft
This is a thoughtful and evocative examination of loss, longing, and despair: loss of a life once lived; longing for an unattainable girl; and despair over an uncontrollable destiny. Chain smoking Titta endures his lonely existence in a quiet Swiss hotel with a stoic glumness until his long-suppressed desire for the hotel's bargirl is forced into the open. 'Perhaps sitting at this bar is the most dangerous thing I've ever done,' says Titta, prophetically. Then, in the third act, as Titta's actions bring everything to a head, he finally takes control - with dramatic results.

The movie's pacing is carefully, if a little self-consciously, managed and the direction and cinematography are always engrossing. It also boasts a marvellous soundtrack, segueing artfully from the Nymanesque to thumping electronica. Great stuff!

Definitely one to watch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nemesis Slow Pursuing 18 Nov 2013
To say almost anything about the film is to risk spoiling it for the viewer. It is a film that moves slowly, building up its pace until a number of key decisive moments. It reminds me of a martial arts form where the pace increases as the exercise continues. If you like frequent and regular action then you may find it too slow, but it is not just some arthouse special where no-one does anything for 120 minutes. The acting is excellent without the frenetic approach of some Italian films, the photography and setting (Switzerland) are both wonderful. The director plays fair with the viewer - in the end everything gets an explanation.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Consequences of Love 11 Jan 2007
A brilliant little Italian film every frame was interesting, the plot intriguing,

the characters well portrayed and convincingly acted, the music too was good.

Its not a fast moving film so be patient, you will be rewarded.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars you should never underestimate them 6 Aug 2006
very good film. not much like i've seen before. extremely passive main character but manages to convey emotion very well on occasions. loneliness personified by anonymous hotel location and brief hopeless link with family. absolutely gorgeous actress who i'd happily lock myself in a hotel and learn italian for. brilliant soundless ending. saw it in cinema in london and fell asleep during transition from sleepy mystery to mafia hit movie and woke up very confused. but that's not a criticism. loved it and now understand the consequences of love fully. ciao.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
I did enjoy watching, problem only was not possible on my TV only to watch on my Laptop.

Very interesting.

Thank you
Published 3 months ago by Simonne Jameson
4.0 out of 5 stars Weird
Surreal drama with emotional rollercoaster combined in a Swiss ultracool setting. Recommended because of its originality. A bit long at times but this adds to the atmosphere.
Published 9 months ago by MARY E GREENLAND
5.0 out of 5 stars Sorrentino's Brilliant And Stylish Breakthrough Film
This 2004 film written and directed by Neapolitan film-maker Paolo Sorrentino is (for me at least) a mightily impressive and highly creative watch. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Keith M
5.0 out of 5 stars The Consequences of Love.
Wonderful ! Tantalising and gripping right to the final brilliant ending. Tony Servillo is are the rest of the cast.
Published 15 months ago by frances beck
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece
This is Sorrentino's masterpiece. An amazing film, beautifully shot, creates tension out of nothing. An amazing visual feast. A must-see.
Published 15 months ago by Rick D Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating camera angles to show a comment on a life wasted
Beautifully filmed and slow paced, the film starts with a man who seems in control of his life. As it gently unfolds, it becomes apparent that this couldn't be further from the... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Ms. J. H. Brocklehurst
4.0 out of 5 stars A good movie to see, even more than once
I am Italian and even this movie was made on 2004 I watched it only last week. The title can be decepting but the movie is really great. Read more
Published 24 months ago by salvatore
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a deep, Italian gem.
This film won't appeal to the mass, but I must have been in the right mood as I thought it was excellent. Read more
Published on 10 Feb 2012 by T. BROOKES
5.0 out of 5 stars Distinguished and Deliciously Cool
The opening shot is hypnotic, drawing you in. Into a world of strangeness and solemnity. A deep, Italian baritone-voiced narrator making the invite ever more enticing. Read more
Published on 8 Feb 2012 by Tim Kidner
4.0 out of 5 stars slow burner
excellent film, slowly burns away to an intriging and unexpected finale, unusual plot, excellent performances, well shot, slick, atmospheric, well worth a look
Published on 22 Oct 2011 by joe herd
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