Ermanno Olmi’s masterful feature is the tender story of two Milanese fiancés whose strained relationship is tested when the man accepts a new job in Sicily. With the separation come loneliness, nostalgia, and, perhaps, some new perspectives that might rejuvenate their love.
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Distance lends enchantment to a fading love affair when a young welder is sent by his employers to work in Sicily. Olmi enriches his warm story of ordinary people with a wealth of detailed observations which gives its characters their humanity and believability. The film is masterfully constructed with a divine range and choice of music which helps to effortlessly generate a mystical quality. A towering achievement..
Absolutely beautiful. I love films that set out to tell a simple story but do such a fine job of it. The opening first ten minutes or so are grand. The way it is shot to tell emotions without overwhelming us with words. Very nice contemplative touches. VIva italiano cinema!
Una historia de amor, sobre la separación, la pelea y la reconciliación. Lo mejor es sin duda casi para el final. El intercambio epistolar de los amantes que "hablan" a corazón abierto, algo que es imposible recrear desde el otro lado del teléfono. En paralelo, Olmi nuevamente crea a un personaje dentro de un ambiente laboral. Es su rutina que roza con la soledad, el roce sutil con sus colegas y otras rutinas ajenas.