Identificazione di una donna (Identification of a Woman) (1982)
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A love triangle forms the basis of this Italian drama that centers around a middle-aged director and his involvement with an aristocratic woman. Trouble ensues when he begins to receive anonymous threats demanding that he abandon the relationship. When the woman mysteriously disappears, the director then begins seeing an actress who works in experimental plays. She too leaves after telling him that she is carrying another man's child.
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Critic Reviews for Identificazione di una donna (Identification of a Woman)
The most openly erotic of Antonioni's features, and visually one of the most beautiful.
A refreshing irony prevents the hardened art house pundit from wallowing in nostalgia and the metaphysics of 'portentous messages'.
Identification of a Woman is an excrutiatingly empty work. It's also beautiful and sad -- virtually a parody of the director's great L'Avventura and some of his other earlier films.
There's a very good reason this moody, atmospheric effort was never released in the United States until now -- it isn't very good.
... a film filled with mysteries that are never resolved and images that are simultaneously lonely and lovely.
Antonioni's autumnal ruminating, frank about the role of sex in relationships yet now playful and relaxed in mellow acknowledgement of career-long themes
This is a respectable return by Antonioni to familiar thematic ground -- the impossibility of maintaining relationships in the contemporary world -- helped by a fine ironic underpinning and smoothly assured visuals.
If Antonioni ultimately fails he deserves full marks for setting out on this adventure.
Identification of a Woman is not an easy film, but it's a most welcome addition to Antonioni's canon.
Michelangelo Antonioni's 1982 film Identification of a Woman never saw release...and now we know why!
Audience Reviews for Identificazione di una donna (Identification of a Woman)
A very beautiful film with that special Antonioni atmosphere. I can identify with the feeling of emptiness and the people who can´t really communicate with each other. Modern life and adulthood seems shallow and a bit soulless. You have to fill it with something and make it human again.
The first time I saw it I was disapointed but it improved greatly with the second viewing and I want to see it again. There are new things to discover each time as with all of Antonionis´ films.
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