L’amore buio 2010
1h 50min | Drama | 3 September 2010 (Italy)
Set in contemporary Naples, Dark Love focuses on the consequences of the brutal rape of a young woman by three teenage boys. Ciro is the only boy who shows remorse (he confesses his role, leading to recriminations from his fellow assailants), and part of the film is devoted to his experiences in an offshore juvenile prison. Simultaneously, the film follows the faltering efforts of the victim, Irene, to put her life back together, continue studying for university, and behave with some semblance of normality with her boyfriend and family. However, Ciro starts writing letters from prison to Irene, who eventually begins to read them. The two stories have a marked difference in tone. Ciro’s experiences are unsurprisingly gritty and occasionally violent, while Irene, in a much more meditative depiction, is shown going about everyday life while still disturbed and alienated by what she has been through. The interweaving of the two stories is skillfully handled, the use of Naples as a setting is evocative, and the performances from the young protagonists are little short of astonishing. Director Antonio Capuano has created an understated, challenging and meditative film which avoids either cheap moralising or simplistic resolution.
This movie, set in the most beautiful city of all , Napoli, is not to be missed. Real life runs throughout the story, one you can easily experience in the real world. The two main characters are so believable especially since they are not professional , almost borrowed from their lives for this masterpiece. Capuano is one of few directors with a unique honesty and integrity, you cannot help to appreciate him. Overall, without going in details that might spoil the viewer, this is art at his best. A mention is needed for the rest of the crew of professional actors :Fabrizio Gifuni, Valeria Golino, and, on his last appearance before a sudden death, Corso Salani ; they all perform in a generous way , trying not to overshadow the two young actors.
Director: Antonio Capuano
Writer: Antonio Capuano
Stars: Irene de Angelis, Gabriele Agrio, Luisa Ranieri
Country of origin: Italy
Also known as: Dark Love
Filming locations: Naples, Campania, Italy
Format : Matroska
Format version : Version 2
File size : 1.76 GiB
Duration : 1 h 47 min
Overall bit rate : 2 351 kb/s