Narratively a bit too abstract for me to really dig into fully. I had a similar experience to Denis Villeneuve’s Enemy. What worked there, and here in Adam Leon’s Italian Studies, is that the visual aesthetic and scoring create an almost mystical atmosphere, a lullaby of half finished thoughts, intangible musings, and comforting unknowns.
Vanessa Kirby does marvelous work here with her leading role, despite my feeling just as confused as her character does. The exploration of teenage creativity, artistic discovery, and authentic personification of one’s thoughts is gorgeous and easily the highlight of the project. In a lot of ways, I find the film may have worked a bit better had it focused on its young side characters rather than Kirby’s entanglement with them.
Tribeca Film Festival Watch #9