“You’re going to see a miracle tonight.”
“What kind of miracle?”
“We’re going to have a good time.”
Sweeter, more wistful, and much more plotful than Antonioni's later, better-known ice-scapes, Le Amiche and its hearts in hibernation are no less desperate, equivocal or doomed.
Cinematography by Gianni Di Venanzo. It begins to seem a typical Italian comedy of the genre "Telefoni Bianchi", but as long as the dramatic density goes deeper and the various paths of the protagonists are detaching one from another, Antonioni builds a formalist découpage that registers perfectly their "mal de vivre "and "noia ". The next film would be obviously a "grido".
Le Amiche has become my favorite Antonioni. Each character moves with easy fluidity while simultaneously contrasting their counterpart. I loved the relationship between Clelia and the assistant. How the differences of two people that are just not ever meant to be together is studied is pure and realistic, and yet, not without great artistic expression. The beach scene is beauty. Lean and elegant. Highly recommended.
I think far too much is made of Antonioni's supposed break w/ neorealism. Le amiche, particularly, seem like a movie very much engaged in a dialogue w/ Rossellini and early Visconti. Movies primarily focusing on the upper classes cannot rightfully be considered films about class? Absurd. What distinguishes Antonioni, even early on: the idea of choreography married to mise-en-scène, and eerily effective dispassion.
Como Bergman, Antonioni realiza un filme sobre mujeres que cargan conflictos amorosos, solo que a diferencia del sueco, aquí las féminas no viven atormentadas por su pasado. Sus amores pertenecen a un presente y de su pasado poco se sabe. Aquí las mujeres no son presa de la inestabilidad. Cada una sabe lo que desea y cínicamente van cargando las consecuencias, sea la mediocridad, la alienación, el agoísmo o la muerte