The Consequences of Love (2004)


The Consequences of Love (2004) – Paolo Sorrentino

 Le conseguenze dell’amore (original title) 

Summary:  Titta di Girolamo (played by Toni Servillo) is a lonely and secretive businessman living in a hotel in Switzerland and seems to have doing so for the past 8 years.  Divorced and a family who are disinterested in his welfare, everyday he gets up, wears a suit and wanders around the city.  Back at the hotel he sits and plays chess with himself, or joins in on a card game with an old couple who also live in the hotel.  Sofia (played by Olivia Magnani) is a waitress working at the hotel, whom Titta grows feelings for.  Although she tries to make conversation with him, he ignores her in his deep shyness and appears cold and rude, offending Sofia.  His shyness also buries his desire not to disrupt his calm, unvarying life at the hotel, which changes when Titta breaks his flat routine and begins a conversation with Sofia and it is unravelled why Titta is there in the first place.

My review:  This is a really great film; at first what appears to be a basic narrative in its roots begins to flourish, character’s backgrounds excitingly grow and drive the plot forward to lead to a spectacular ending.  The whole feel of the film is so chic and stylish too, it’s effortlessly cool, pleasing to the eye, in a way which doesn’t show off and shout about it.  In a way only the Italians seem to be able to pull off.  Fantastic.

Rating:  5/5

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