Hart

A lightweight, Tuscan-set comedy about three women expecting babies, "Hart" slides between being pleasantly fresh and simply naif, like the title's childish misspelling of "heart." Debuting helmer-writer Federica Pontremoli's pic navigates smoothly through the heroines' ups and downs, and gets in some genuine laughs.

With:
With: Michela Noonan, Carla Signoris, Mariella Valentini, Gigio Alberti, Andrea Cambi.

A lightweight, Tuscan-set comedy about three women expecting babies, “Hart” slides between being pleasantly fresh and simply naif, like the title’s childish misspelling of “heart.” Debuting helmer-writer Federica Pontremoli’s pic navigates smoothly through the heroines’ ups and downs, and gets in some genuine laughs before the happy ending, but looks to have more appeal for family TV.

Bright-eyed Paola (Australian thesp Michela Noonan) is 22 and pregnant after a drunken one-night fling with a married man, Filippo (Gigio Alberti). While she mulls unwed motherhood or abortion, Paola discovers her 40-year-old single mom (Carla Signoris) is also expecting: Her big decision is whether to let the father (bearishly likable Andrea Cambi) move in and overturn her single lifestyle. Woven into the story is a drawn-out spat between Filippo and his wife, Sofia (Mariella Valentini), who are to adopt an orphan from Slovenia. In this coincidence-laden dissection of female dilemmas, men seem far more disadvantaged and dispensable than they actually are, and pic’s tone smacks of wishful thinking. Though obviously dubbed into Italian, Noonan strikes the right note of anxiety as the young mother-to-be, and Signoris, Valentini and Alberti are solid.

Hart

Italy

Production: A Lucky Red release of an Iterfilm production. Produced by Laurentina Guidotti, Francesco Ranieri Martinotti. Directed, written by Federica Pontremoli.

Crew: Camera (color), Luca Coassin; editor, Mauro Bonanni; music, Gianluca Podio; art director, Mario Fontana; costumes, Cristina Francioni; sound (Dolby), Roberto Alberghini. Reviewed at Quattro Fontane, Rome, March 4, 2002. Running time: 76 MIN.

With: With: Michela Noonan, Carla Signoris, Mariella Valentini, Gigio Alberti, Andrea Cambi.

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