THE CONSEQUENCES OF LOVE (Le Consequenze Dell Amore)
(ITALY 2004, 100 MINS, 0-16, SUBTITLES)
Toni Servillo, Olivia Magnani, Adriano Giannini & others in the multi-award-winning romantic crime-drama, written & directed by Paola Sorrentino.
✍ “In a Swiss hotel, an Italian businessman named Titta Di Girolamo sits silently, alone in the window of the café as he’s done every day for eight years. So what, exactly, is he doing? The glittering, must-see Consequences of Love stars Toni Servillo as the mysterious 50-year-old resident. He sits apart, impeccable & impenetrable; he smokes & he waits. And so do we – but not for long as Signore Girolamo has secrets everywhere.
In the style of director Paolo Sorrentino’s film, the plot will have to remain in the dark – it unfolds itself with such elegance that it would be a crime to give anything away. Even the genre remains a mystery for almost an hour - & then plays out with a brilliant flair for the unexpected.
Along the way you are swept up in some dazzling filmmaking. The camera moves with precision, grace & constant invention, gliding between striking angles in the spotless, neutral hotel. Crisp editing & an involving, dynamic soundtrack steer the mood with equal panache. And Servillo is utterly remarkable as Di Girolamo; pokerfaced, witty, gaspingly rude & preposterously cool. A uniformly splendid
supporting cast surround him; even the most incidental characters just ooze credibility & depth.
Undeniably arthouse, yet as thrilling & polished as anything in the multiplex. The Consequences of Love is an audacious, hugely rewarding gem of a film that demands to be seen.” BBC MOVIES
✍ “An incredibly stylish & confident arthouse hit.” DVD VIDEO REVIEW ✍ “Simply unmissable.” EYEFOREYE FILM.CO.UK