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Amid Mark's absence and his posthumous role as the catalyst that brings Jeff and Andrea together it'll be easy for the audience to presume what path this new relationship is headed toward, but fortunately Ciao is not that predictable. The assumption of how this story turns out is largely due to the obvious attraction between Andrea and Jeff. Do they fall for each other? Do they remain the strangers that they really are? Not sure if you will come away with an answer to either of those questions but without a doubt you will fall for both Andrea and Jeff. Their sympathetic characterization and their genuine chemistry make it difficult to not be fond of them both and the film overall.
Yen Tan nicely relies on, if not to a fault, the mise-en scene to convey the somber nuance in Ciao. The music, the one too many scenes void of dialogue and the alluring cinematography all do just as much of a job in conveying the various tones in the film as the actual performances from the actors.
There is nothing grandiose or extravagant about this little film and it didn't need to be. Ciao never tried to be more than it was is and demonstrates that less definitely can be more.Read more ›
That grief was practically tangible throughout the entire film and I think those that enjoyed the film recognize that. And to those that say that the film felt disjointed and stilted, I say that it was a perfect expression of that intense grief.
I liked the fact the fact that they (Andrea and Jeff) became intimate the way they did, it was sensual and plausible and more meaningful than any sort of a trope hookup. The minimalist music was fantastic and again, the stretches of absolute silence in the film added to the sensation of grief and loss. The ending worked for me as well, giving both men the reminder that there is a future without Mark, and that just maybe that future could include each other.
This film DOES move slowly. Its about dealing with the aftermath of major loss. If you've experienced this in your personal life at all, in any form, you know the void that sets in. You can barely function and the days are blurry and mundane. This film boldly attempts to recreate that in every way, not just through dialogue or over-acted, Kleenex-filed emotional monologues. The lighting, pacing, music, stillness of shots it all adds up to create the nuanced mood that I thought was a major triumph for the film.
The unique nature of some of the shots ARE off-setting at times, but they always happen in moments in the film when we SHOULD feel awkward--dinner w/ a stranger, cleaning out the deceased's home, walking into the bedroom with a hottie you don't know/shouldn't be attracted to. B-R-I-L-L-I-A-N-T!!!! Kudos to the filmmakers for believing in viewers; that we actually want to think for ourselves at times. Especially in an age when everyone wants to "make it big" and knows the formula to do it, I loved that this was SO far from what I expected. The scene everyone quoted as terrible with the actors moving out of focus was my favorite cinema moment of the past few years. The shot stays on the doorway, which frames the bed, as they continue around the corner with mundane, awkward convo, but the visual focus is what's on everyone's mind: the source of the sexual tension. Will they? Wont they? Should they even think about it? Why not?Read more ›
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I liked the movie. Could have been more kissing but that's ok.
I would recommend this movie to any one.
CIAO (2008). Rated R. Running Time: One hour, 27 mins.
Directed by Yen Tan. Written by Yen Tan and Alessandro Calza. Read more
Excellent acting, the tone of the movie is quiet and somber throughout, which suits the theme of the story throughout. Read morePublished on December 7, 2013 by Eric
Adam's performance as Jeff....is what I like most,. acting just by his eyes.
you could feel his pain of loss, betrayals & rejection from the person he love
So many Gay stories are based on sex or the people in the stories are individuals that you can't relate to. Read morePublished on June 12, 2013 by Person
A must view with terrific acting. Watchable many times. Thoughtful and very realistic portrayal of a difficult time. Very intriguing story line.Published on April 13, 2013 by Mr. James W. Bethune