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  • Blessed Madness

    Blessed Madness

    Abandoned by his wife of 25 years, the owner of religious items shop finds new energy in the young woman he has hired. Noticeably unable to keep up with his earlier films, Verdone embraces his own decline by giving his conservative, hypocritical bourgeois character a rebellious past that somehow throws back to his earlier production - then he proceeds to pat himself on the back and ask viewers to accept and sympathize with his most unappealing tracts. Pastorelli helps the…

  • Double Lover

    Double Lover

    ★★★

    A morbid, twisted relationship develops between a young woman and her psychotherapist. The less you know about the plot, the better: "Double Lover" is moderately thrilling but as kinky as you can get away with (and then some: including a couple of literally gynecological shots and a couple of steamy sequences that would have granted the film an X-rating a decade ago) and soaked with a welcome and liberating, ridicule-defying attitude. Loosely adapted from Joyce Carol Oates' 1987 novel Lives of the Twins.

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  • We All Loved Each Other So Much

    We All Loved Each Other So Much

    ★★★★★

    Three war-time friends, and the girl they all fall for, live through 30 years of Italian history. Originally designed as a homage to Neorealism, a film that grew into a masterful compendium of Italian Comedy. Scola and co-writers Age and Scarpelli pack more ideas into it than most filmmakers produce in a lifetime and yet the film unfolds naturally combining sheer emotion with an accurate (and, to this day, unsurpassed) map of the way the social texture of Italy evolved after WWII. Stellar cast has never been greater. A cornerstone.

  • Bad Tales

    Bad Tales

    ★★★★

    Kids growing up in a Roman suburb explore their sexuality and withstand the pressure from the world of the adults. Two years after La terra dell'abbastanza, their sophomore feature reveals the D'Innocenzo bros as a creative force to be reckoned with. "Favolacce" is a disturbing ensemble of off-beat but eerily realistic characters where a constant sense of impending doom looms over a façade of Tupperware normality. Don't try and make sense of everything that goes on - just let it…