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COME UNDONE ('Cosa voglio di più', the Italian title means 'What More Do I Want') is a very slight film by the well respected director Silvio Soldini ('Bread and Tulips', 'Days and Clouds', etc), a story that seems to get mired in its own passion, unable to transmit a story line that will keep the audience's attention. Perhaps this is due to the 'too many cooks spoil the broth' concept: in addition to Soldini the story and screenplay were nursed by Doriana Leondeff, and Angelo Carbone. The cast is a strong one but the actors are just not given much to develop, leaving the audience with the repeated question 'what if...?'

Anna (Alba Rohrwacher) is an accountant for an important insurance firm and lives with her longterm lover Alessio (Giuseppe Battiston) - a man who longs fro a stable longterm relationship with children, a home, etc. Anna, feeling as though the fire has fizzled in that relationship and takes up with co-worker Domenico (Pierfrancesco Favino) and the two begin a passionate affair. Now it is Anna who is considering a longterm relationship but is thwarted by the fact that Domenico is married to Miriam (Teresa Saponangelo) and has children and doesn't want to leave his wife, instead preferring passionate occasional intervals with Anna in tacky motels. It becomes a struggle of human nature - which is preferable, a stable home life or intermittent moments of passion?

The actors give this film their all and the encounters between Anna and Domenico are incredibly sensuous. The problem lies with the story's lack of resolution or even momentum: it gets stuck in the process of offering a solution for the lovers. It is simply not up to the same standards as Soldini's other works - but those are fairly high standards to reach. Given the film's few flaws it is still a beautiful visual experience. Grady Harp, February 11
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I have been a fan of Film Movement, which releases foreign and indie films at a regular clip (once a month), and recently picked up this one. Didn't know much about the movie beforehand, on purpose, as I like to be surprised (good or bad).

"Come Undone" (124 min; originally released in 2010) is an excellent Italian movie, exploring the effects of an extra-marital affair between two unlikely protagonists. Anna is in a stable relationship with her live-in boyfriend, surrounded by a caring family and having a good career. She meets Domenico, who himself is married with 2 kids. Yet they find themselves unstoppably attracked to each other and start an affair. They are both trying to cover up as much as possible, but eventually they have to face the fork in the road: continue this or call it quits? I'm not going to tell you how it plays out, you'll just have to watch it for yourself.

The movie moves at a slow pace, and I mean this as a compliment, and the lead actors shine throughout. Beware: there are a number of nudity scenes in the movie, if that is a problem for anyone. This is another great release from the Film Movement library, and I encourage you to seek them out. Meanwhile, "Come Undone" is highly recommended!
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on January 7, 2014
Both parties are pleasant and relateable, neither are established sinner nor saint. We see into their very regular lives, so much so that parts of the film feel like reality television. We are made to see how their lives are stifling and repetitive so that we can imagine the relief an affair would give them. We also see how the affair taxes them. We see how much work goes into planning and lying so much so that it seems it would be less work to stay at home and fix their respective home lives. Only there's not much that can be fixed. The man needs more money for his growing family. The woman sees the inevitability of kids with a man she's too accustomed to. None of these problems are solved by an affair. What an affair, or any escapist behaviour, "solves" is the inevitability, the sheer tedium. As it breaks that it, unfortunately, breaks other things.

The Italian title says it best, "What more do I want?" If wanting were the natural state of mankind, no set of circumstances, positive or negative, would curb it for long.

I felt wretched after watching this.
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on June 9, 2011
After being totally wowed by "Agata and the Storm" and "Days and Clouds," Soldini's latest film did not disappoint. Like his other movies, "Come Undone" explores a relationship. Here, we see apathetic Anna (played by Alba Rohrwacher) and charming Domenico (Pierfrancesco Favino) have an affair, despite both being in committed relationships - Domenico even has children. Anna's life was perfectly fine before with a tragically caring and sweet-hearted man, Alessio (played clueless but kind by Giuseppe Battiston), and a stable lifestyle. Of course, though, too much of a good life becomes boring and she is thus led into her relationship with Domenico after a chance meeting. They have an irresistible attraction, to be sure. Rohrwacher and Favino are magnificent together; the sexual attraction is palpable and practically jumping off the screen.

"Come Undone" could have been just like any other movie about the affair but Soldini and his co-screenwriters, Doriana Leondeff and Angelo Carbone, made it different by choosing to focus on the daily aspects of life. Rather than giving great importance to big events and happenings, "Come Undone" instead looks at the time that make up the majority of a lifetime: regular days. We see how the affair takes a toll on these days as well as the lives of Alessio, Domenico's wife Miriam (Teresa Saponangelo) and their kids, as well some of Anna and Domenico's family and friends. "Come Undone" takes into account the practical and prudent aspects of having an affair: where and when to meet, how to communicate, and, most importantly, how to fund the affair. This different perspective on an old story is what makes Soldini's newest movie so fascinating. That the actors convey real people and really make us care for them - no matter how immoral they may be - is a lucky and happy addition to an overall moving film.
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on February 18, 2014
I was unimpressed by this movie. It seems to me to be one in a recent genre that use a very flimsy story line as an excuse for a series of pornographic episodes. Both the beginning and the ending didn't 'ring true' for me.
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on March 29, 2016
Those reviewers complaining of a lack of resolution cannot see that that in itself is a resolution. The two characters cannot give up the lives they are leading to be with each other because it would hurt too many people. Continuing the affair and seeing each other for two hours once a week cannot make them happy and will only destroy their love for each other. So really, the only option is to part ways forever, no matter how painful it is.
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on October 23, 2014
*** SPOILER ***

This is a very, very realistic Italian movie about two married people from low-middle/working class backgrounds who become involved in a love affair.

The affair brings some excitement and purpose to their otherwise dreary lives, which unfold in the high-rise peripheries of Milan among cement, shopping malls, and cars (outdoors) and screaming babies, TVs rambling, and appliance repairs (indoors).

But the affair is costly, emotionally and financially. They can only meet once a week in a squalid motel which they can barely afford, must tell a bunch of lies to their spouses, coworkers, and friends, are forced forego their few hobbies to carve a few hours for each other out of their cramped schedules, and generally are rather miserable.

In the end they break up. What else could they do?
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on October 23, 2015
It is always interesting to view life from an entirely different perspctive. This film does so in a very artistic way. This is a movie that must simply be experienced to gain that perspective. Good acting, engaging players and a story that is well worth the viewing. I choose not to give any more away because it would spoil the viewing experience. I definitely recommend the film.
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on May 17, 2015
Can't say I condone extramarital affairs or been there, but the reality is that their part of lifes in some cases.
Very well made movie in three perspectives- the couple during the affair, the man's situation and the woman's home life. In the end its painful for all, mates and family's included.. Definitely worthwhile.
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VINE VOICEon October 22, 2015
An intelligent, mature look to the positive and negative aspects of having affairs. The actors are average looking, one of them even obese. Even though there was little nudity, the sexiness of the affair was titillating. Great cast, intelligent script and wonderful photography.
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