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|Remember Me My Love|
Actors: Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Laura Morante, Nicoletta Romanoff, Monica Bellucci, Silvio Muccino
Director: Gabriele Muccino
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama
With his passions reawakened by a long lost love carlos affair threatens to tear apart his entire family. Unfulfilled desires and ambitions which have worn each of them down now resurface when a crisis makes them realize t... more »
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Furious Storm of Emotion
Lee Armstrong | Winterville, NC United States | 04/12/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is an excellent film. Listening to the Italian makes me think it is the language in which all battles should be fought! "Ricordati Di Me" or "Remember Me, My Love" is a domestic drama that maps the lack of closeness in the modern life of an Italian family & the bonds of love that lay deep beneath the surface that hold them together. The blockbuster performance is by Laura Morante as Giulia, the wife of Carlo. She puts so much energy into this performance that she is incredible. Kind of like a high-octane version of some of Jane Fonda's edgy classic performances, Laura seems to be torn in numerous directions simultaneously. Her eyes twitch, her hands flap, she even smokes a cigarette with more nervous energy than some would expend at a football match. She is a marvel to watch. Fabrizio Bentivoglio as her husband Carlo portrays the graying accountant, apparently going through a mid-life crisis by having an affair by the lovely Monica Belucci who plays Alessia. He seems particularly calm & sedate until he comes alive with eyes sparkling for Alessia. His calmness seems all the more sedate compared to the furious storm of Laura Morante. As the daughter Valentina, Nicolette Romanoff is beautiful and turns in a good performance as the daughter looking to make her mark in show business and willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish that. Silvio Muccino as the son Paolo does a nice job as a teenage guy who is trying to get some romantic experience. Monica Belucci's performance is as deep as she is beautiful. The photography and pacing of the film are all ably handled by director Gabriele Muccino. [I particularly enjoyed seeing on the wall of the son's bedroom a large three concentric circle CD holder that doubled as a wall hanging and functional CD container. Where can I find one of those! :) ] While the plot is not shocking or startling, it is well done. This is a film well worth checking out; and certainly for seeing the fine performance of Laura Morante. Enjoy!"
The Inner Sanctum of Family, The Durability of Love
Grady Harp | Los Angeles, CA United States | 03/27/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"RECORDATI DI ME is a beautifully written and constructed film by Italian director Gabriele Muccino about the workings of a 'normal middle class' family and the bonds and challenges that peak at the time of fragmentation of the family unit that accompanies 10 middle age of the parents and 2) departure of the children at the end of high school. How those crises and adjustments inform the durability of the family unit makes up this thoroughly engrossing and touching film.
Carlo Ristuccia (Fabrizio Bentivoglio) is the father embedded in a life long job that is mundane and not at all in line with his dreams of being a writer (he has been writing a novel for years, yet unfinished). His wife Giulia (Laura Morante) is a committed mother but longs to return to the acting stage she abandoned for marriage. Their two children are Valentina (Nicolette Romanoff) who is determined to become a glamourous TV star and Paolo (Silvio Muccino) who is aimless in his desire for a life of meaning, a life which would prove he is not as unexceptional as he views himself.
Gradually each member of the family encounters escape routes: Carlo meets his old girlfriend Alessia (Monica Bellucci) and begins an affair with her; Giulia is asked to audition for a part in a play directed by one Alfredo (Gabriele Lavia) who makes her feel desirable and noticed; Valentina sleeps around to land a part in a TV giveaway show 'Ali Babbi', and Paolo attempts to attach himself to a girlfriend by planning a birthday party with contraband hashish which he feels will make him appear important in the eyes of his peers. AS each of these crises reaches a peek, Carlo sustains a back injury while fleeing his home and his resultant hospitalization results in altered perceptions of what the family is all about.
The twists and turns of the plot are, of course, far more involved than this short synopsis, and it is the development of each of these characters and the way that they approach change that makes the film work so well.
The acting is excellent and the direction is past paced even for a two and a half hour movie. Yes, much of this has been said before, but the wit and pathos combine to create a story well worth telling and watching. It is a story about dreams, lost possibilities, and the need to fulfill them. Grady Harp, March 05
Simple, honest and beautiful movie
Alex Iskold | New York | 06/20/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"It could be that the the bottle of Pinot that I had along with the movie that me biased, but I don't think so.
Keeping up with the best traditions of Italian cinema, this movie engrosses the viewer with its simple, yet very realistic dialog, characters and plot.
Through the scenes we experience the characters longing for the very basic human happiness. Each of them, is different and seeks a happiness of different form. But ultimately, they all are looking for the same thing."
Derek | Pittsburgh, USA | 12/12/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a great film, full of life, emotion and realistic people. None of my friends/family can watch foreign films, its to bothersome for them to read subtitles. I try time and again to get them to watch just 1 italian film, and that film is this one. I'm reviewing this film because I collect film with Monica Bellucci in them. While her role in this film is that of the mistress and the 3rd female role, the daughter is the 2nd female lead. Monica's part is frequent. But in the end this film is not about her, its about the family, and a great job all the actors/actress do of being this family in Roma. So in conclusion its not Monica's film. But it is a jewel of a film nonetheless."