WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
After having nightmares about her past, Italian actress Sabina goes to America to confront these problems with her brother. Meanwhile, her husband deals with temptation at home, and a long-time blind friend finds her unrequited love of Sabina drifting to another.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
For an Oscar-nominated foreign film, this movie doesn't deliver like I was hoping it would. It's a quiet little Italian film detailing the lives of very different people as they try to deal with their problems. The direction is simple but effective, the acting is powerful and involving, and the characters in the story are very well developed. So what's wrong with the movie...? It just isn't that engaging. I wanted to invest myself into the picture, but I just didn't find what was happening all that interesting. Most of the movie dealt with material that I have seen done way too many times before (secrets from the past, adultery, child abuse, etc.). I didn't dislike the movie, but I didn't exactly like it either. It was "meh". And to be honest, I'd prefer a really awful movie to a "meh" one, because at least the lousy movie gives me something to talk about.
Aside from just not being that appealing or exciting to watch, the film also feels overly melodramatic. Granted, it's well done melodrama, but that doesn't make it feel any less like a soap opera. Fortunately, the strong actors do. They carry the picture with ease, and make the proceedings that much more interesting to watch because of it. Without them, I probably would've been checking out my watch a whole lot more. The other saving grace of the film is how well layered it is. There are plenty of absorbing themes explored, the movie has numerous poignant moments, and there's always a lot happening. Of course, these things would be a lot more beneficial had the filmmakers found a way to pull people into the story right off the bat. As is, the movie remains a satisfactory but unremarkable "soapy" two hours.
The only special feature here is a bunch of Trailers.
While not as poorly acted and shallow as a soap opera, this movie still feels a lot like one in many ways. In some cases, the movie benefits from this, as there's a large audience of people who appreciate films filled with as much "emotional" content as this one. Unfortunately for me, I'm not part of that audience. And even if I was, the movie still stumbles over the main objective of any production - to keep the viewer interested.