A reclusive British pianist develops an infatuation with the African exile who’s moved in as his housemaid. She finds his clumsy courtship insulting, especially considering the heavy load she’s borne in her life. But it gradually becomes clear that she has sorely underestimated him…
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A subtle and engaging love story from Bertolucci that shows more than it tells. The cinematography is beautiful, and both of the leads give fine performances. The use of jump cuts was a more of a distraction than a stylish flourish, though.
love or loyalty? what a dilemma. that split-second decision was a surprise. i'd probably run away if i were her.
the film might be incomparable to the majestic productions of the Last Emperor or the Little Buddha, but like always, bertolocci doesn't spoonfeed his audience, he wants us to have our own decision, envision our own final scenes. and most of all, his films are delightful to the eyes.
Although the storytelling was quite straightforward, which was a bit of disappointment, it's nice filmed with great photography composition. I appreciate the multicultural exploration, specially the music (Coltrane's My Favorite Things). However, above all, what really didn't work for me was the involvement, maybe if those potential good characters have been developed in more details it could've meet the expectation.