I read a quote about Paolo Genovese’s “Perfetti sconosciuti” (Perfect Strangers) - “Un film che rimane impresso, prima nella pancia e poi nella mente.” –A film that remains first in the stomach and then in the mind. That sums up how you will feel upon watching the film. If you’re a filmmaker, you will take it one step further by asking yourself, "Why didn’t I think of that?” This is a universal story, a testament to the times in which we live.
Carlotta (Anna Foglietta) is another David di Donatello nominee. If there is a show-stealer in this film, it is her. Foglietta poured her heart and soul into Carlotta and came alive in this role. Not only is her character entertaining to watch with her attentiveness, gazes and expressions, she is also wise, and after acknowledging that she and her husband have been through hell during the last couple years, makes us ponder the question "Why don't people learn to split up?". It's a good point and makes you think. Speaking to social media and messaging apps, when is the line crossed into infidelity? At what point does a couple throw in the towel and walk away rather than look away?
That is the beauty of this film. It makes you think. Add the totally unexpected ending followed by the beautiful theme song by Fiorella Mannoia and we are reminded once again of the uniqueness, the artistry and the infinite dreams of Italian cinema.
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Watch the video for "Perfetti sconosciuti" by Fiorella Mannoia..