L'amore molesto | Chicago Reader

L'amore molesto

Mario Martone?s psychological thriller follows a middle-aged woman as she returns home to Naples to investigate her mother's apparent suicide, a process that predictably uncovers her repressed memories and ambivalence toward her mother. Martone, a veteran director of Italy?s experimental theater, creates plenty of false menace at the expense of coherence, and his blue tinting of objects in black-and-white flashbacks, a distracting visual cue like the red dress in Schindler's List, is hard to fathom. The psychological revelation at the end is barely worthy of the mysterious sense of displacement he meticulously evokes from the windy streets of Naples and the unsettling juxtaposition of old and new. But Anna Bonaiuto, playing the woman, is magnificent in projecting moroseness and uneasy composure—sort of a Monica Vitti for the 90s.

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