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Don’t Hang Up, Le Ravissement, Vincent doit mourir, La Palisiada: surprises and disappointments at the Turin Film Festival

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The only Italian film that competes with Barbara Ronci is Female Luke: it is striking even if something is missing. From France, a good film between Polanski and Cronenberg and a slip wrapped around a unique kidnapping of a newborn. While the would-be big name emerges from Ukraine.

do not comment Written by Manfredi Lucibello (Italy, 2023) Contest

Rome. March 2020. Covid lockdown with curfew and isolation. In the middle of the night, Irene (Barbara Ronchi) She suddenly woke up to her smartphone ringing: her ex-boyfriend Pietro (Claudio Santamaria) is about to commit suicide from the roof of the house located on the coast of Santa Marinella. The girl doesn’t think twice, she grabs the car keys of the naked man who is sleeping with her on the bed, wearing a jacket and a mask, then runs towards the coast to stop the suicidal man, keeping him awake on the phone. . Too bad he forgot his license, money and charger. Traffic police, gasoline shortages and terrible sleep lurk. A standing ovation for Ronchi’s raw and intense immersion in the passenger compartment of the car where she was filmed for an hour and a half between close-ups and half-length portraits and details (a blue eye highlighted by outside lights is a brilliant photographic genius); Lucibello’s idea of ​​pulling the very tight rope of the psychological thriller model isn’t bad either Luke with Tom Hardy feminine. The technique and structural ideas worked, but a small phone call to a skilled screenwriter to create slightly deeper, more intimate dialogues between the two leads went beyond what was needed. Did you forget the charger here too? Santamaria only has the mysterious voice of Bruce Wayne. The metaphorical raspberries in fake self-certification are resounding.

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