What a shame. The movie could have been a masterpiece, Elio Germano is good but the narrative is truly weak. Bits of poetry here and there cannot make up for the most evident flaw of the movie: it does not build up an emotional 'connection'. It feels disjointed, unfulfilled.
Finalmente Martone ci regala una pellicola italiana fuori dalle righe e lo fà con una notevole cifra stilistica,una messa in scena cupa ed adeguata ed una bellissima commistione tra poesia e musiche.Germano è bravo,esprime bene la complessità ed il pessimismo di Leopardi(pur risultando a volte eccessivamente didascalico) ed il film spazia bene tra i vari periodi,denotando continuità e profondità di concetti....bravi.
The film is great when it doesn't try to visualize Leopardi's poems. The first part, set in Recanati, is beautifully filled with poetry and emotion. The second part is a bit calligraphic. Martone's film is definitely not about poetry but politics. Germano is monumental.
A beautifully lyrical film based on the life and works of Italian poet Giacomo Leopardi, masterly played by Elio Germano. Highly recommended: this film is honest, faithful and respectful, as well as very aesthetically pleasing. Plus, the choice of soundtrack is one of the highlights of the film.
I wish Martone made this film twenty years ago. I would have appreciated Giacomo Leopardi's opus much more (and who knew that the Poet of Cosmic Pessimism was a gelato freak?). And now that the Zibaldone is finally available in English, all I want is a zabaglione gelato.