Youth is wasted on the old
middlebrowism of The Dreamers, Me and You plays out a near-miss, quasi-incestuous relationship between a thoroughly unlikeable 14-year-old and his older, drugaddicted half sister.
We meet Lorenzo (Jacopo Olmo Antinori) as he hatches a plan to skip out on a school ski trip, spend the money on an ant farm, and hide out in the abandoned basement of the building where his enormously privileged dysfunctional family reside. His well-preserved trophy wife mom (Sonia Bergamasco) offers him a new GNU board for the vacation but is rewarded with her son’s queasy sexual “compliments”.
Lorenzo is soon joined in his elegantly distressed refuge by his elegantly distressed half-sister (Tea Falco) as she “endures” an elegantly distressed detoxification away from an unlikely smack habit. Picture Home Alone if Joe Pesci was a dropdead gorgeous 20-something girl.
Everything about the film’s youthful vigour is bogus. This is an older gentleman’s film set in what one can’t help but feel is no country for old men. It makes one think of Bertolucci’s fellow Italian, Silvio Berlusconi.
We want to like the 72-year-old director’s late films: we really do. He has, after all, authored some of the greatest movies ever made. But he ain’t making it easy.