Two equally bleak futures are in store for an aimless Italo youth in "One Life, Maybe Two."

Two equally bleak futures are in store for an aimless Italo youth in “One Life, Maybe Two,” helmer Alessandro Aronadio’s well-made but not particularly original debut. Pic works best as a showcase for rising local star Lorenzo Balducci, whose subtle work keeps protag Matteo very much of a piece despite living two parallel lives a la “Sliding Doors.” A somewhat predictable twist ending set during the 2001 G8 riots in Genoa should stir local interest when pic goes out in April, though elsewhere, this is fest and film-week material.

Narrative bifurcates when Matteo suddenly has to brake for a stationary car. When he crashes into it, he is maltreated by a nasty plainclothes cop (Ivano De Matteo) and subsequently becomes a radicalized protester of authority — while avoiding the crash results in him attending the police academy instead. Contrasts between the two politicized lives surface organically, but the downer take on the future of young Italians was more incisively explored in Vincenzo Marra’s “Vento di terra.” Differences in the film’s saturated color palette help auds keep track of the two Matteos; the rest of the modest tech package is fine.

One Life, Maybe Two

Italy

Production

A Lucky Red release and presentation of an A Movie Prods. production. Produced by Anna Falchi, Sauro Falchi. Directed by Alessandro Aronadio. Screenplay, Aronadio, Marco Bosonetto.

Crew

Camera (color), Mario Amura; editor, Claudio Di Mauro; music, Louis Siciliano; production designer, Stefano Giambianco; costume designer, Nicoletta Ercole. Reviewed at Berlin Film Festival (Panorama), Feb. 19, 2010. Running time: 83 MIN.

With

Lorenzo Balducci, Isabella Ragonese, Ivan Franek, Riccardo Cicogna, Sarah Felberbaum, Monica Scattini, Teco Celio, Rocco Papaleo, Ivano De Matteo, Niccolo Senni, Tatti Sanguineti, Giovanni De Giorgi.

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