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.
“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".
Fantastic. Strong women making interesting choices within society and cosmopolitan city life. The energy in this film is full of tension and passionate emotion while still showing a "day in the life of" a relatively mundane existence.