Uno su due: Life in the balance
Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans sang John Lennon. When the main character of Uno su due [+see also:
film profile] (lit. “One in Two”), the young and ambitious lawyer Lorenzo Maggi, gets sick and ends up in hospital, the moment of “suspension” he passes while awaiting answers from doctors will force him to observe illness firsthand and profoundly change his outlook on his own life.
After screening at last October’s RomeFilmFest (see article) the film by Eugenio Cappuccio will be distributed on 150 screens on March 2 by 01 Distribution. This is a courageous release strategy, given the number of Italian films coming out this season, yet a shrewd one nonetheless, given the strong performances of domestic titles.
The film sets its stakes on the popularity of lead actor Fabio Volo, who co-wrote the screenplay, but for his fourth feature the director manages to maintain the mature directorial style that came through in his preceding film, Volevo solo dormirle addosso, without getting overwhelmed by the powerful presence of the dynamic 34 year-old actor, who divides his time between radio, TV, cinema and literature (three of Volo’s books are among the top 100 best-selling titles in Italy).
From the go-getting manager around which Volevo solo dormirle addosso centred, Cappuccio has maintained a continuity that, he explains, "from a universe of relationships told using shortcuts has, however, evolved towards interpersonal relationships that reveal even more so the depth of the characters’ spirits".
(Translated from Italian)
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