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La vita che vorrei (2004)

An established and famous actor and an aspiring young actress develop a relationship while working together on films. Their mutual attraction and passion draw them together while also pulling them apart.

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Giuseppe Piccioni

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Linda Ferri (screenplay), Giuseppe Piccioni (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Luigi Lo Cascio ... Stefano / Federico
Sandra Ceccarelli ... Laura / Eleonora
Galatea Ranzi ... Chiara / Vittoria
Fabio Camilli Fabio Camilli ... Raffaele
Antonino Bruschetta ... Luca (as Ninni Bruschetta)
Roberto Citran ... Giordani
Camilla Filippi ... Monica
Paolo Sassanelli ... Diego
Gea Lionello Gea Lionello ... Marina
Sasa Vulicevic Sasa Vulicevic ... Luciano / Conte
Sonia Gessner Sonia Gessner ... Sonia (Nobildonna / Donna Ballo)
Guariente Guarienti Guariente Guarienti ... Nobiluomo
Rossella Gardini Rossella Gardini ... Invitata anteprima
Bruna Bossi Bruna Bossi ... Costumista (as Bruna Maria Bossi)
Katia Pietrobelli Katia Pietrobelli ... Amica ballo
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Storyline

In Rome, the aspirant actress Laura is invited to an audition for the film "La Vita Che Vorrei" by the director, Luca. Laura is the lover of Raffaele, a man with a good standing in the cinema industry, and performs well, reading the dialog with the successful actor Stefano. The extrovert Laura and the self-controlled Stefano are cast in the lead roles and they have a love affair as filmmaking progresses. However, their relationship has ups and downs with the jealousy and ego-centrism of Stefano in a parallel with the characters of the movie. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Country:

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Language:

Italian

Release Date:

1 October 2004 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Life That I Want See more »

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$1,716,772
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Very instructive
16 April 2006 | by Chris KnippSee all my reviews

This thought-provoking, informative movie about romance, acting, and film-making seems not to have traveled well, despite awards and nominations. It got some award nominations in Italy and a significant nomination in Berlin and the two actors, Luigi Lo Cascio and Sandra Ceccarelli, who've appeared together frequently before, have their fans—but also their enemies. "Lento noioso e pesante" a viewer posted on the Italian movie site FilmUp—slow, boring, and heavy. It is that, at times, and at times gave me the feeling that I was either on drugs or having a very bad dream. It's so incestuously self-referential and claustrophobic it's chilling—and numbing; but it's also a master class on what a scary convoluted experience it would be to have an affair with another actor while making a movie in which the two of you are having an affair—in costume, in another century. What is real? Before the two shoot the last scene of the story based on La Traviata in which the girlfriend is dying and the rejected lover weeps over her deathbed, the actress has just told the actor that she is through with him and never wants to see him again. The writers and director take a very Italian and sentimental way out of this sad finale with a cute, upbeat coda, but the actor, Lo Cascio's character, who has told the actress earlier that he scorns actors who"really" cry in crying scenes, obviously is weeping "real" tears in the deathbed scene. The character, the modern day actor, that is, is constantly getting phone calls from an "admirer" who tells him his acting is worthless. And on FilmUp, sure enough, Lo Cascio himself gets comments about how talentless he is.

In fact, Lo Cascio and Ceccarelli perform acting gymnastics in this movie that will knock your eyes out and the beautiful and expressive Ceccarelli was nominated for the 2005 European Film Academy Best Actress Award for this performance. And yet, the movie is so obsessive that it can bore you to tears at times too, and what may doom it aside from its meta-linguistic focus on an art form is that basically it's a chick flick, a Cosmo tale about a sensitive and naive woman at the whim of a worldly, self-centered man. I can see why Jennifer and Brad broke up, after this. Not somehow a movie that makes your heart sing, but need-to-know information for any film buff.

Showing at the SFIFF 2006 four times at two venues, this would be a worthwhile choice for anyone who likes fairly serious mainstream European films that may not ever be showing in US theaters. And it should appeal to anyone who wants a look at the glamor and stress of film-making from an Italian perspective.


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