Primo Amore (2004)
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The film begins as we are introduced to Vittorio, a goldsmith played by Vitaliano Trevisan. He is meeting Sonia (Michela Cescon) who has just arrived for a first date after some form of long distance communication. Hoping for a love connection, Sonia is immediately disappointed that Vittorio is looking for someone thinner. The irony is that Sonia is a lovely and healthy woman, full of life, and confident enough with herself to be a nude art model. The two share a drink, and Vittorio is intrigued by Sonia--though with her weight "problem," he expects any attempt at a relationship would end in disaster. Despite his misgivings, he pursues Sonia and as the two embark on a relationship--he gets Sonia to go on a strict diet.
The psychological process that begins as Sonia accepts her new role in Vittorio's life is chilling and believable. The two end up isolating themselves, and this obsessive tale of love turns darker by the moment. The film doesn't shy away from showing Sonia's physical and mental deterioration, and it is harrowing and heartbreaking. There seems to be nowhere that this tale can go, and everything seems to be leading to an unpleasant, but necessary, conclusion.Read more ›
Vittorio is looking for an ideal woman meaning both body and mind. Problem is his ideal should weigh the least possible. 40kg would be fine. So when he finds Sonja who he begins to live with, he starts looking after her weight pushing her to lose it. Seems Sonja is OK with it, so she follows his orders, but it's obvious this kind of a story can only end tragically...
Nice story-line skids all the time, it lacks some action besides I couldn't get the characters' motivation. Seems like they are not normal people but somnambulists who don't act on their own according to their desires but obey a puppeteer-director. "Primo amore" is viscous and slow, all the time I wished I could hit the gas. Usually this kind of slow-moving features have a great psychological level which you got to dig out. Well, here I didn't notice any psychology. If we could just see feelings of the two main characters, if we could understand their experience and affliction... But we can't because the characters are rather plain and cardboard. The whole movie lacks some depth.Read more ›
Vittorio (Vitaliano Trevisan) is a goldsmith who exists on the modest, long-held family business of creating jewelry from molten gold in the ancient manner. We first meet him looking through the grid of a train station where he awaits Sonia (Michela Cescon), a young girl who has answered his classified ad for a date. They meet, Sonia is pleased, but Vittorio tells her right away that he expected her to be thinner. Sonia offers to return to her home out of town, a garden home she shares with her robust brother (Roberto Comacchio), but Vittorio decides he wants to try the date. They have a little courtship and all seems to go well until Vittorio begins to suggest that Sonia lose weight. They move into a nice home ('the site of Romeo and Juliet' the realtor boasts) and their coexistence begins.
Vittorio is confronted with the needs of his business expanding stimulated by an offer to partner his business from an entrepreneur who insists Vittorio make only heavy bracelets and substantial jewelry in response to what the public is buying: Vittorio has always preferred the tiny, thin, light weight delicate carvings of beauty rather than the bulkier profitable items.Read more ›
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Italy is absolutely lovely. This movie is about a nerd who needs to feel strong because his business is struggling so instead of acquiring an eating disorder himself, he foists... Read morePublished on December 24, 2006 by vvv
He controls her the whole time. Very sad film. As I watched time flew in an instant. She never had power over herself until the very end.Published on October 6, 2006 by Dance Dance Dance