Director: Anna Negri
Screenwriters: Giovanna Mori, Anna Negri
A fresh voice emerges from Italian cinema in the person of Anna Negri with her new film Riprendimi, which features the best young Italian actors working today. Shot on location in Rome, it is the all-too-familiar story of a couple breaking up and the effect it has on the lives of those around them. In Negriâ€™s account, a documentary team sets out to capture the effect that an â€śactor's life,â€ť and in turn the inherent financial stress, has on â€śthe perfect couple.â€ť
What these documentarians donâ€™t expect is to stumble headlong into a situation fret with the turmoil of a modern-day life crisis. Alternately emotional and funny, these charactersâ€™ plights, we soon realize, are universal. A comic tension is created by pitting the analytical intentions of the filmmakers against the desire to get involved in the messy, raw lives of the protagonists. Girlfriends bond with girlfriends, the boys enable each otherâ€™s bad-boy behavior, and the filmmakers find themselves in the middle and over their heads.
Riprendimi is a sweet confection that is as much fun to look at as to ingest. What is unique is the clever way Negri slyly plays with the conventions of filmmaking by weaving together sassy, naturalistic dialogue; close-up vĂ©ritĂ© style; and the time-honored film-within-a-film device.
- Dramatic Feature
- 2008, Sundance Film Festival
- Italy, 96 min.