Review: ‘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."

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.

All About You

Italy-Switzerland

Production

A BIM Distribuzione (in Italy)/Frenetic (in Switzerland) release of a Mir Cinematografica, Ventura Film, Rai Cinema, RSI production. Produced by Gianfilippo Pedote, Francesco Virga, Elda Guidinetti, Andres Pfaeffli. Executive producer, Gianfilippo Pedote. Directed by Alina Marazzi. Screenplay, Marazzi, Dario Zonta, with the collaboration of Daniela Persico.

Crew

Camera (color/B&W, 35mm/16mm/8mm/Super 8), Mario Masini; editor, Ilaria Fraioli; music, Dominik Scherrer, Ronin; production designer, Petra Barchi; costume designer, Bettina Pontiggia; sound (Dolby Digital), Vito Martinelli; associate producer, Dario Zonta; assistant director, Stefano Ruggeri; casting, Cristina Proserpio. Reviewed at Rome Film Festival (Cinemaxxi), Nov. 15, 2012. Running time: 81 MIN.

With

Charlotte Rampling, Elena Radonicich, Valerio Binasco, Maria Grazia Mandruzzato. (Italian, French dialogue)
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