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Silence of Love

A France-based Italian music professor struggles to come to terms with the long-ago death of his wife, as well as his estranged teen daughter and anti-establishment brother, in the polyphonic hodgepodge "Silence of Love."

A France-based Italian music professor struggles to come to terms with the long-ago death of his wife, as well as his estranged teen daughter and anti-establishment brother, in the polyphonic hodgepodge “Silence of Love.” Sophomore feature from Gallic novelist-turned-helmer Philippe Claudel, after his impressive debut, “I’ve Loved You So Long,” is a tone-deaf disappointment, tackling dramatic material in the manner of an overly broad, lost-in-translation commedia all’italiana. Curiosity factor should fill some seats locally, but “Silence” won’t replicate “Long’s” success abroad.

Tarantella-obsessed widower Alessandro (Stefano Accorsi, appropriately clueless), and his daughter (Lisa Cipriani, insufferable) live in multilingual Strasbourg with Alessandro’s layabout older brother (Neri Marcore, broad), who, in one of the scribe-helmer’s blunt and unsuccessful bids for laughs, demands political asylum in France because he hates Berlusconi. Oddly, given Claudel’s day job, larger character arcs and story needs are ignored, with each scene working toward its punchline as if it existed in a vacuum. Only Accorsi’s straightforward scenes with a dying woman (Anouk Aimee) and her daughter (Clotilde Courau) feel credible. Lensing had focus issues at screening caught.

Silence of Love

France

  • Production: An UGC release of an UGC presentation and production, in association with TF1 Droits Audiovisuels, France 3 Cinema, with participation of Canal Plus, CineCinema, France Televisions. (International sales: TF1 Intl., Paris.) Produced by Yves Marmion. Directed, written by Philippe Claudel.
  • Crew: Camera (color, widescreen), Denis Lenoir; editor, Virginie Bruant; production designer, Samuel Deshors; costume designer, Martin Rapin. Reviewed at Utopolis Longwy, France, March 17, 2011. Running time: 106 MIN.
  • With: With: Stefano Accorsi, Neri Marcore, Clotilde Courau, Lisa Cipriani, Anouk Aimee. (French, Italian dialogue)
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