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Guido, an acclaimed author, falls for a mysterious swim instructor, unaware that her past is wrought with secrets of betrayal and violence. Starring Valerio Mastandrea, Valeria Golino and Sonia Bergamasco.
Luca Bigazzi's photography gives us an impressionistic opening scene, perhaps derived from the art house classic Watersmith as Valerio Mastandrea plays a novelist, Guido Montani, curious about his daughter's new swimming instructor Giulia (Valeria Golino). His interest at first takes the form of self deprecating humor. "You told her I can't swim? You did. Well, it's not true. I can float." Guido is writing a new novel that has overtones of Singing In The Rain, his protagonist falls in love every time it rains. Another of his characters is a lapdancer. How does the church view lapdancing, a parishioner wants to know - the dancer does it to impart momentary pleasure to the lonely. Guido's protagonist also discovers that his new love, Sophia, has run off with an umbrella salesman, and the new novel seems hopeless.
Giulia is far far above her work as a swimming instructor. When the lapdancer's priest visits the lapdance club to experience what his parishioners encounter, the come on sexuality at the club is far less appealing to Bigazzi's camera than Giula's other worldly concern for her clients in the swimming pool. It isn't gratuitous. There's a reason for Giulia's ethereal stare. Her history is a lurid one. It's a moment of high comedy when the characters in Guido's new novel come together Pirandello style to help him work Giulia into the storyline. No one ever finishes one of Guido's novels, but if he follows the story of Giulia's development, there's a chance that may finally change.
This film never found an audience. That doesn't mean it isn't a fine film. It means we've made a mistake. And it may be the mark of contemporary Italian cimema as to why.Read more ›