Only thesp who’ll be putting this three-part Europudding on her resume is Natalia Piatti, 14, whose playing in the Italian section briefly injects real tenderness into the phoney-baloney collection of love stories. Theatrical business looks negligible for this third feature by Giacomo Campiotti (“Spring Race,” “Like Two Crocodiles”).
English-lingo seg, set in turn-of-the-century colonial Africa (and shot in Morocco), establishes the off-kilter tone with sumptuous widescreen visuals and balladic music that recalls Sergio Leone pics, as volunteer nurse Martha (Juliet Aubrey, in another unwise career decision) falls for Peter (Ciaran Hinds, OK), military orderly to her twittish brother (Tam Williams), who’s intent on scuppering the cross-tracks love affair. Dialogue, which sounds like it was translated from Italian, doesn’t improve in the French seg, set in WWII Paris, where flautist Claire (Natacha Regnier, so good in “Dreamlife of Angels”) shacks up with Russian violinist Gabriel (Ignazio Oliva) for some amour fou set to Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo and Juliet.” Simplest and best is the modern-day Turin section, with young teen Naty (Piatti) lovingly tending a hospitalized boy (Giuseppe Faraso) who’s in a coma, telling him stories he can’t hear. Tech credits are fine.