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Perdiamoci Di Vista

Carlo Verdone's "Let's Not Keep in Touch" figures as a major disappointment. Somberly comic tale of a cynical TV star's slow-combustion romance with a young paraplegic is often quietly affecting, but Verdone's 13th outing reps an unlucky venture. The Roman actor/director's staunch following, however, should ensure pic a brisk run locally.

With:
Gepy Fuxas ... Carlo Verdone Arianna ... Asia Argento Antonazzi ... Aldo Maccione

Carlo Verdone’s “Let’s Not Keep in Touch” figures as a major disappointment. Somberly comic tale of a cynical TV star’s slow-combustion romance with a young paraplegic is often quietly affecting, but Verdone’s 13th outing reps an unlucky venture. The Roman actor/director’s staunch following, however, should ensure pic a brisk run locally.

Verdone plays the unscrupulous host of a reality show that trades in human misery. The unlikely lovers meet when a wheelchair-bound member of the studio audience (Asia Argento) attacks him on air for capitalizing on other folks’ tragedies. His inept self-defense fires national ire and the show is axed, leaving him to face up to a friendless, empty existence.

Feeling guilty, Argento sets up a rapprochement date. Rest of pic charts the obstacle-strewn course of their budding relationship, although the script establishes no credible basis for duo’s attraction.

Verdone’s earlier “Curse the Day I Met You” squeezed sweetly awkward comedy from a seemingly mismatched couple’s thwarted romance. This one plumbs deeper into similar terrain, gently making a case for unconditional love. However, the two-character focus is muddied by oafish humor in surrounding scenes, plus lame digs at Italo TV via Verdone’s attempts to revive his career by refereeing a mud-slinging match between unfaithful partners on a low-rent regional web. Argento is not entirely convincing when required to heat up and register anger, but the young thesp’s sullen beauty and unstudied intensity make her a captivating presence.

Perdiamoci Di Vista

(ITALIAN)

Production: A Penta Distribuzione release of a Cecchi Gori Group Tiger Cinematografica production. Produced by Mario and Vittorio Cecchi Gori. Directed by Carlo Verdone. Screenplay, Verdone, Francesca Marciano.

Crew: Camera (Cinecitta color), Danilo Desideri; editor, Antonio Siciliano; music, Fabio Liberatori; art direction, Francesco Bronzi; costume design, Tatiana Romanoff; sound (Dolby), Benito Alchimede. Reviewed at Intl. Recording screening room, Rome, Jan. 24, 1994. Running time: 115 MIN.

With: Gepy Fuxas ... Carlo Verdone Arianna ... Asia Argento Antonazzi ... Aldo MaccioneWith: Sonya Gessner, Cosima Costantini, Anita Bartolucci, Edmondo Tieghi, Natalia Bizzi.

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