Novice features helmer Alina Marazzi mixes real testimonials about postpartum depression with a fictional story of an older woman hoping to help her junior cope in the overly earnest "All About You."
Novice features helmer Alina Marazzi mixes real testimonials about postpartum depression with a fictional story of an older woman hoping to help her junior cope in the overly earnest “All About You.” The interviews are the most interesting element, partly because the script coyly withholds information that, once revealed, proves less devastating than expected. Marazzi uses Charlotte Rampling’s downturned eyes rather than the fine actress behind them, though her presence will boost fest bookings. Biz in Italy or Switzerland won’t bring in a bundle.
Something in her past has kept Pauline (Rampling) away from Turin, but now she’s back and working on a research project about postpartum depression. At a maternity center, she becomes intrigued by Emma (Elena Radonicich), a dancer resentful of the way her baby has completely changed her life. Pauline tries to befriend the angry young woman, finally revealing her own family history 10 minutes before the finale. Radonicich’s projection of tension overdoes the Method acting shtick, feeling especially false when juxtaposed with authentic interviews. Memories visualized in various formats and some interesting art photos lend an impressionistic air, hinting at something more intriguing than what’s onscreen.