Cosimo & Nicole

A torrid trans-alpine love affair is inconvenienced by the apparent death of an illegal immigrant in Francesco Amato's sophomore effort, "Cosimo & Nicole," which shockingly uses the plight of the African refugee as a sociopolitical coitus interruptus of sorts for a young, sexy Franco-Italian couple.

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With: Riccardo Scamarcio, Clara Ponsot, Paolo Sassanelli, Souleymane Sow, Giorgia Salari, Andrea Bruschi, Jo Prestia, Thierno Thiam, Angela Baraldi. (Italian, French dialogue)

A torrid trans-alpine love affair is inconvenienced by the apparent death of an illegal immigrant in Francesco Amato’s sophomore effort, “Cosimo & Nicole,” which shockingly uses the plight of the African refugee as a sociopolitical coitus interruptus of sorts for a young, sexy Franco-Italian couple. The film’s ingrained, privileged-white-male p.o.v. also extends its casual bigotry to the femme protags, who are mostly relegated to providing coffee and/or T&A. An Italo feature award at the Rome fest suggests locals won’t object when the pic goes out Nov. 29.

Italian inamorato Cosimo (Riccardo Scamarcio, brooding monotonously as usual) meets sex-on-French-legs Nicole (Clara Ponsot, too good for this material) during the Genoa G8 riots — a politically charged episode now co-opted as generic local color in far too many Italian pics. An accident involving a personality-free immigrant (Souleymane Sow) awakens a credulity-straining sense of civic duty in the sexy duo, who don’t appear to have a political bone in their very fit bodies. Instagram seems to have inspired the film’s supersaturated look and shallow emotional depth; however, the music choices, often integrated as concert scenes, rock.

Cosimo & Nicole

Italy

Production: A Bolero Film release of a Cattleya, Rai Cinema presentation of a Cattleya, Fastfilm production, in association with Rai Cinema. Produced by Riccardo Tozzi, Giovanni Stabilini, Marco Chimenz, Francesca Longardi. Executive producer, Giorgio Magliulo. Directed by Francesco Amato. Screenplay, Amato, Giuliano Miniati, Daniela Gambaro.

Crew: Camera (color, widescreen, HD), Federico Annicchiarico; editor, Luigi Mearelli; music, Francesco Cerasi; production designer, Emita Frigato; costume designer, Medile Siaulytyte; sound (Dolby Digital), Gianluca Costamagna; assistant director, Dino Giarussu; casting, Gianluca Greco, Morgana Biano. Reviewed at Rome Film Festival (Prospettive Italia), Nov. 16, 2012. Running time: 105 MIN.

With: With: Riccardo Scamarcio, Clara Ponsot, Paolo Sassanelli, Souleymane Sow, Giorgia Salari, Andrea Bruschi, Jo Prestia, Thierno Thiam, Angela Baraldi. (Italian, French dialogue)

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