Pasolini's gentle yet uncompromising approach to interviewing a wonderfully wide range of people makes for an insightful and balanced documentary. Absorbing from start to finish, it is also often profound and moving. The lightness of touch with which it is executed perfectly balances its boldness of subject.
This confirms Pasolini's genius, asking questions that should be asked and receiving answers which whilst may seem surprising to the more liberal minded, are still prevalent in society today. Well ahead of its time.
Pasolini himself says in this film that "nothing is more tiring than speaking of sex", and indeed I did find myself losing interest in these people's opinions about sexuality, love, divorce, prostitution and social mores. I liked the cinematography, though. 3.7 stars.
A bold experiment in interviewing Italian citizens across diverse social statuses and regions. Pasolini's charisma is slightly compromised by the directness of the questions which occasionally seem more titillating than substantive. This is of course heuristic and it generates great lessons as classes and genders are marked by division; the one maybe that Pasolini aimed to disclose by the economic coercion in place.
Societal opinions fascinate me, even ones I may disagree with. What contexts, influences and deductions are involved in each person's ideological conclusions? Pasolini braves the storm, poking the bear to reveal emotive subjectivities on the topic of "sex" from a cavalcade of interviewees. One certainty remains: for better or worse, this discourse will always continue.
80/100 ~ GREAT. Though Pasolini’s actions are highly driven and attached, Love Meetings’s Cinéma vérité mode of documentary filmmaking shares much truth and insight into sexuality in 1960s Italy.