Ti ricordi di me?, a modern romantic tale
by Camillo De Marco
- Rolando Ravello’s second film in movie theatres on April 3 with 01 is a romantic comedy. Starring Ambra Angiolini and Edoardo Leo
Ti ricordi di me? [+see also:
film profile], the second film by Rolando Ravello will hit movie theatres on April 3 with 01, starts with the classic line “once upon a time there was a prince and a princess.” The rest of the film lives up to the start: a modern fairy tale, full of humour, in which characters Bea (Ambra Angiolini) and Roberto (Edoardo Leo, Smetto quando voglio [+see also:
film profile]) meet in front of a psychoanalyst’s door where they have headed for their various disturbances: she is narcoleptic, he is kleptomaniac. An uneasy love story because Bea has random memory losses and constantly restarts her life to the extent that she carries a large notebook around in which she writes everything down.
Nothing to do with Memento or My Own Private Idaho, simply a romantic comedy, which aim, the director told Cineuropa is to “make the public feel.” Rolando Ravello is first and foremost an actor who started out in 1995 with Ettore Scola in Romanzo di un giovane povero. His first steps as a director were taken with, Tutti contro tutti [+see also:
film profile], which received good reviews and won the audience award in Nantes last February. “Acting for so many years has made me more attentive to the needs of the actors in my own films. I like to measure myself up to them, listen to their opinions, to the extent that before starting filming we talked about every single character in the screenplay,” Ravello says, also including actors Paolo Calabresi and Susy Laude.
Written by Paolo Genovese (director of Tutta colpa di Freud [+see also:
film profile]) and Edoardo Falcone based on an idea by Massimiliano Bruno (Viva l'Italia [+see also:
film profile]), Ti ricordi di me? was produced by Marco Belardi (Lotus Production). The latter was the one to ask Ravello to be the director. “I accepted and I went ahead instinctively. I trusted my instinct more than I did my rationality.”
Why do the characters really suffer from these illnesses? “I had a precise idea of the characters. They are two people who have, for different reasons, an affective hole, which culminates into these phobias. He steals so that he can be caught and told off, like a child. She has lost her parents and is living through nine lives to make herself feel protected. This will help them meet, heal and then lose each other again.”
(Translated from Italian)