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.
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.
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.
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.
Considering in 2015, i'm still shy to talk about sexuality in a serious manner, it's mind blowing to watch people from over 50 years ago be so frank about their sexual desires when in England at the time, it was deemed prudish. Very good!