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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Come Undone (2010)

This movie is a sober exploration of the slowly unfolding disruptive effects of adultery on family life, portrays infidelity, despite its thrills, as more trouble than it’s worth emotionally--not to mention who you hurt along the way. At the same time, the sex scenes show the power of unleashed passion to make the rest of life feel like a laborious, frustrating slog. Any one contemplating an affair should watch this beautifully filmed Italian movie.
The affair is between two married people, and they are in no way interested in leaving their spouses. The affair is an impulsive one, no thought to future consequences--so what we see is mostly the sad conflicts that they face. Miserable and agitated when not together, Anna (Alba Rohrwacher), a comfortably married accountant for a small insurance agency, and Domenico (Pierfrancesco Favino), a slightly older waiter who is less happily married with two children he adores, are seized by an irresistible attraction. The besotted lovers face the usual logistical obstacles. Where and when will they meet? And what lies can they get away with telling?
The movie shows the day-by-day emotional cost of the affair: not only to Anna and Domenico, who are increasingly guilt-ridden and prickly with each other, but also to family, friends and business associates. The lovers have to contend with intense work schedules, family obligations and financial stress.
The movie tells an old story. What is fresh about it is its unvarnished realism lends it poignancy and depth.

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