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½ December 20, 2008
Based on Cesare Pavese's novella, this film examines the complex interplay and emotional intensity of relations between a bourgeois group of women. The pervasive cynicism within the novella is concentrated in Momina's character. The film also emphasizes the burgeoning and evolving role of the independent woman. This early work shows the development of Antonioni's unique framing and narration methods, particularly in the beach scene. It's rare to have an ensemble cast deliver such strong performances!
½ April 18, 2015
Antonioni's 1950's films adhere more consistently to narrative conventions than his films of the 60's; however, Le Amiche's plot still tends to wander. We are led to identify with Clelia, who is visiting Turin from Rome in order to set up a dressmaker's salon. In Turin, she falls in with a group of women after discovering a failed suicide in an adjacent hotel room. Antonioni then demonstrates, through a variety of social situations, just how bitchy and alienating this social circle is to those within it. Even the woman who attempted suicide readily betrays one of her friends by having an affair with her husband (later to appear as Sandro in L'Avventura, a film that builds on and extends the themes here). But the husband is too self-concerned to be able to see how his actions will affect either of the women (wife and friend) with whom he becomes involved. Antonioni's attention to the various characters fluctuates but none gain too much depth, apart from Clelia who seems sympathetic but ultimately ambivalent toward these new "friends" in Turin. As he would continue to do throughout his career, Antonioni depicts the idle rich as pursuing lives of meaninglessness and cruelty; as a film, Le Amiche represents one more step on the road toward the exciting levels of abstraction he would achieve later on to convey this theme.
August 10, 2014
Le amiche is screening at the Locarno Film Festival as part of their epic Titanus retrospective. Known for his clinical studies of alienation, this moving, intricate melodrama shows a different side of the great Michelangelo Antonioni.
August 9, 2014
Excellent, thought-provoking film
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