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Therapy for the senses and the libido.
on 14 January 2015
I can't say I enjoyed the foreground of this film, depicting a marriage in decline. Yet the sight of Southern Italy in all its glory would be satisfying enough to sustain my attention throughout, even if it were not for the brilliant acting of both protagonists,
The palpably aching emotional and sexual void between the couple, contrasted with the fecundity of Italy - not simply the device of the pregnant women who dominated the pavements, while the couple sat impotently in the car, but also the beauty and life of the place, compared with the emotional void and pent up anger and frustration of the couple. This was illustrated by the obvious wealth of the couple, the car, their clothes, their style, which could not even begin to compare with the life of the streets, the magnificent architecture and the art. Who could not be moved by all this?
I believe that this was the point of the film, in many ways: Italy as aphrodisiac; as nourishment for the eye,the mind and the libido. For the couple, the stiff upper lip was not sustainable in such surroundings. Something had to give.