Anna has become everything that she was expected to become: she has a job which is unpretentious but decorous; she is lively, affectionate with her family, friends and her partner, Alessio, with whom she has decided to have a child. What she lacks is perhaps only the courage to take responsibility for her future once and for all.
Her future has the shape of an office, in a city that is continually expanding, the pale colours of a train that takes her from the suburbs to the centre of town, and the stronger shades of a relationship which seems serene to her. When Domenico bursts into her life, however, all those contours disappear and for the first time she focuses on love, desire and passion. But in spite of her physical fulfilment Anna’s love has limits: Domenico is married to Miriam and they have two children.
Domenico and Anna’s story is a whispered rebellion, with its secret meetings, its caresses suffocated when the lunch break ends, and its trysts in order to have sex in a motel room rented by the hour. Until Anna decides she wants much more and the lies won’t hold up anymore. –Berlinale
After enrolling at Milan University to study political science, at the age of 21 Silvio Soldini abandoned his studies and travelled to New York to enrol in a cinema course. After making several short films (including “Drimage” in 1982), he returned to Milan and filmed "Paesaggio con figure” (1983), his first 16 mm medium-length feature film, which he presented at a number of festivals including Locarno and Bellaria. Meanwhile, together with other cinema buffs (including Luca Bigazzi, who subsequently became the director of photography on all his films), he founded the Bilicofilm production company. His directorial debut came with the well-made female portrait “Giulia in ottobre” (1985), a medium-length film that won first prize at Bellaria; between 1985 and 1989 he concentrated on a number of independent films, shown only in art house cinemas or on the small screen (for example, the intense “Antonio e Cleo”, a segment of “Provvisorio, quasi d’amore”). With “The peaceful air of the West… read more