Italian Film Festival

Ricordi?

Info: Italy, 2018, 106 mins, DCP

Language: Italian with English Subtitles

Director: Valerio Mieli

Cast: Luca Marinelli, Linda Caridi, Giovanni Anzaldo

Showtimes

  • Wednesday January 8, 2020 - 8:20 pm

"An ambitious tour-de-force…. Using camera techniques, slow motion, superimposed images and constant back-and-forth editing (the pic is impressively cut without disorienting the viewer by Desideria Rayner), Mieli conveys a strong sense of the fluidity of time and the impermanence of memory. Almost before the characters’ feelings can be grasped and understood, they impalpably dissolve into something else. As the pair grope their way through the modern conventions of romance and relationships, they test boundaries, change their minds, have flashes of recognition amid a flurry of doubts. Later, as they look back in time, they see things differently." Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter

"An unusual and courageous experiment, especially for Italian cinema… Images, colours, emotions, sounds, smells. It’s all there, at the heart of Ricordi?, a titanic editing job… [This is] a refined film – put together almost frame by frame – which gives life to the mind’s movements and concatenations." Vittoria Scarpa, Cineuropa

Italian Film Festival favourite Luca Marinelli (They Call Me Jeeg; Rainbow; Martin Eden) stars in this ambitious, moving meditation on love and time from filmmaker Valerio Mieli (Ten Winters).

Proving again it’s not what you do, but the way that you do it, film tells a completely banal love story: boy meets girl, boy gets girl, boy loses girl. Yet Mieli has revitalized this old story by, in effect, throwing all the pieces in the end and seeing where they come down. That is: every sequence neatly cuts back and forth between different stages of the couple’s relationship, from courtship to breakup, love to hate, and back again, in a manner that is influenced by such masters of montage as Terence Malick and Nic Roeg. What’s more each shot is aligned from the boy’s nostalgic perspective, or filtered through the memory of the girl (Linda Candi). Through this structural device, Mieli has made a film that is about perception, time and memory as much as it is about love.