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Come Undone (Cosa Voglio di Più)


I TA LY Director: Silvio Soldini


Producers: Lionello Cerri, Ruth Waldburger


Screenwriters: Silvio Soldini, Doriana Leondeff, Angelo Carbone Cinematographer: Ramiro Civita Editor: Carlotta Cristiani


Cast: Alba Rohrwacher, Pierfrancesco Favino, Teresa Saponangelo, Giuseppe Battiston, Fabio Toriano


2010/color/126 min.


SILVIO SOLDINI Born in Milan in 1958, Silvio Soldini has enjoyed a successful filmmaking career. Soldini’s films have screened throughout the world and have competed in such prestigious festivals as Venice, Berlin, and the San Francisco International Film Festival. Bread and Tulips (2000) brought Soldini international fame; popular with both audiences and critics alike, it earned multiple European awards.


Filmography Days and Clouds (2007) Agata and the Storm (2004) Burning in the Wind (2002) Bread and Tulips (2000) The Acrobat (1997) A Soul Split in Two (1993) The Peaceful Air of the West (1990)


Anna (Alba Rohrwacher) has a reasonably good life working for an insurance company and living with Alessio, her affable schlub of a husband. She’s sweet and yielding, but underneath lurks a passion even she doesn’t know is there—until a chance meeting with Domenico (Pierfrancesco Favino) begets an innocent flirtation that soon turns into a fierce love affair. Suddenly impetuous, Anna makes the transition from devoted partner to sultry lover with hardly a thought. Domenico, married and the father of two, is as surprised by his feelings as Anna is.


Finding themselves in a bordello-like motel, they quickly spend their desire, but it is not enough; soon these two neophytes at infidelity have embarked on a series of fevered clandestine meetings, followed by clumsy efforts to cover up their involvement. Outside the bedroom, they are awkwardly polite as they try to get to know each other, but in bed, they move as if they have been lovers for years. Their passion quietly takes over their lives, and all too quickly the dalli- ance becomes the stuff of life-changing decisions neither knows how to make.


Best known for Bread and Tulips—which won multiple David di Donatello Awards (Italy’s Oscars) in 2000—director/cowriter Silvio Soldini (Burning in the Wind, SDFF26) returns to the familiar realm of complicated romance with Come Undone, slowly building on the emotional nuances of characters who remain compellingly sympathetic despite their marital misdeeds. The Botticelli-like Rohrwacher and the rugged, swarthy Favino have the kind of onscreen chemis- try that, with the help of lush cinematography by Ramiro Civita, makes their love scenes vividly erotic.


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