Dir: Rolando Colla. With: Bruno Todeschini, Alessia Barela. 96 mins. Cert: 12A
There’s a whiff of early Antonioni to the sunlight-etched, Med-existential backdrop, and the midlife malaise, of this Italian drama in which a botanist (Todeschini) and a costume designer (Barela) meet on an island off Sicily to organise a wedding. Inevitably, they fall into bed, but agree to end their romance before the nuptials begin. Trapping them in a locale from which virtually all youngsters have departed, director Rolando Colla gives an entropic yet life-grasping undertow to their emotional wranglings. It drifts close to over-indulging Todeschini; thankfully, the actor anchors the bachelor angst with a sullen heaviness and flashes of underlying distress.
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