A boy and a girl are locked in an enormous abandoned building in a rundown area. She is a prisoner and the local clan leader has forced him to be her warder. Despite their youth, both of them have grown up too fast. Veronica acts like a mature and open-minded woman whilst Salvatore is like a man who wants to hold on to his job and lead a quiet life. Thus, when faced with the violence of this incarceration, the two young people have different reactions: Veronica is restless and rebellious; Salvatore is more remissive and accommodating, either out of fear or realism. They are both victims but it is almost as though each blames the other for their reclusion. However, as the hours go by, their mutual hostility is transformed into an inevitable intimacy, consisting of reciprocal discoveries and confessions. Between the walls of that isolated and frightening place, Veronica and Salvatore fi nd a way to rekindle those adolescent dreams and ideas put aside too soon. Thus the two of them enjoy a break from their prematurely adult lives and in the end are tempted to transform their imaginary escape into a real one before the gang presents Veronica with its verdict. —labiennale
Non un brutto film ma aspettative molto alte (e disattese) dovute alle critiche. Compatto, poetico e gradevole. Bella la scenografia (un vecchio manicomio) e la fotografia. Un altro film meridionalista (in dialetto napoletano con sottotitoli) dopo Reality e E' stato il figlio. Che il sud stia diventando l'eldorado nostrana del cinema d'autore?
A combination of two Italian films at the festival show different approaches to the search for an image for today of Italian people.