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Me and You (2014)

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Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 37
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 12

A minor entry in a magnificent filmography, Me and You doesn't stand with Bertolucci's greatest works, but it's still an engaging character study.

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Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 4

A minor entry in a magnificent filmography, Me and You doesn't stand with Bertolucci's greatest works, but it's still an engaging character study.

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Lorenzo (ANTINORI), a quirky 14-year-old loner who has difficult relationships with his parents and peers, decides to take a break from it all by hiding out in his building's neglected basement. For an entire week, he will finally avoid all conflict and pressure to be a "normal" teenager. But an unexpected visit from Lorenzo's older half-sister Olivia (FALCO) changes everything. A worldly 25-year old beauty, her problematic and fragile state upsets Lorenzo's total escape from reality, and their

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All Critics (40) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (25) | Rotten (12) | DVD (1)

The defining emotion here... is a characteristic warmth toward -- and envy of -- young people coming into bloom.

August 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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The film's a treat to watch, with luxuriant camerawork by Fabio Cianchetti and a gorgeous, intimate score by Franco Piersanti.

July 31, 2014 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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Though the setting is a retreat from the world, where not terribly much happens, within its confines Lorenzo gets an eye-opener about both human frailty and interconnectedness, courtesy of someone even more troubled than he is.

July 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Mostly what's missing in Me and You, what drains it of insight and resonance, is a sense of the world outside of Lorenzo's apartment building.

July 3, 2014 Full Review Source: NPR
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Lorenzo, the bratty 14-year-old protagonist of Bernardo Bertolucci's "Me and You," is the quintessence of flailing adolescent angst.

July 3, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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An underwhelming coming-of-age fable that skirts around its own lurid undertones.

July 3, 2014 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club
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A minor effort at best, and disappointingly lacking a sense of energy or intent, "Me And You" is Bertolucci exercising his filmmaking muscles, but not flexing them.

August 23, 2014 Full Review Source: The Playlist
The Playlist

Despite Bertolucci's keen eye, Antinori's wolfish face, Falco's impressive work (watch her mischievous smile turn into a lean, hungry, vengeful stare in a bravura scene), and a few striking moments, a strong sense of going-through-the-motions persists.

August 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Me and You sits on a very sharp edge for the duration as we watch this pasty and pimply-faced kid descend into self-pity.

July 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Canada.com
Canada.com

A coming-of-age drama about a boy whose dream of being alone is shattered when his older half-sister brings him back to messy reality.

July 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Bertolucci is indeed a master, and "Me and You" evidences numerous thematic connections to his earlier work as well as constant proof of his distinctive gifts as a stylist.

July 4, 2014 Full Review Source: RogerEbert.com
RogerEbert.com

Bernardo Bertolucci's most negligible effort to date, in which he takes a familiar - for him - premise and does very little with it.

July 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Me And You is modest and unhurried, at a pace with its ailing director.

July 2, 2014 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

Not even Bernardo Bertolucci's choice of a lead actor with visible facial acne scars, in a welcome gesture toward authenticity, is enough to overcome the gaping hole of psychological nuance at the center of the film.

July 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

With solid performances and decent drama, Me and You isn't Bernardo Bertolucci's best, but it's an engaging and enjoyable enough film from a master of the craft. What it lacks in punch, it makes up for in effort.

June 26, 2014 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
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Audience Reviews for Me and You

Bertolucci seems aware of the fascination he generates with his young protagonist, using the light and close-ups to explore how he curiously appears both awkward and beautiful. But the ambiguous ending feels like an easy refusal to deal with the questions raised before.
December 23, 2013
blacksheepboy

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Only a tiny glimpse of the capacities of a daring filmmaker who long ago had the power, will and talent to incite, inspire, repel or seduce audiences with a particular realm of sexuality and the human condition. Bertolucci seems to have come to terms with his age and his poor health condition, something that brings to my mind the loathsome and sad phrase: "geriatric filmmaker". It tries to revisit all his themes, but can't live up to it's creator's reputation. Conventional and tiresome.
May 21, 2013
pier007

Super Reviewer

This Italian drama directed by Bernardo Bertolucci, one of my favourite directors, is not a Bertolucci I know and love. Don't get me wrong, it is not a bad movie at all, but if I watched it and didn't know who the director was, I would never guess the name of Bernardo Bertolucci. Written by Niccolò Ammaniti and Bertolucci himself, the script was a lightweight compared to what was he doing previously! There was a tell-tale touch from the master but it seems that was weakened a little.

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I enjoyed it, though, especially the young actors Tea Falco as Olivia and Jacopo Olmo Antinori as Lorenzo (watch out for those two), while I could not say the same for Sonia Bergamasco as Lorenzo's mother - she was too bland for my taste. Somehow, they did well as a team in a story about a troubled teenage boy, Lorenzo (Jacopo Olmo Antinori) who tells his mother he's going on a school skiing trip but instead hides out in the unused, crummy basement flat under the family home - and finds he has to share it with his older half-sister, Olivia (Tea Falco), who is also using it to go "cold turkey" off heroin. In these difficult circumstances their relationship blooms.

The 73 year old Bertolucci played safe here - no risk whatsoever was his slogan making this warm film about the difficulties young people face, trying to be earnest imagining the ever-present drug abuse and challenges in life. I am not sure if this movie will emotionally appeal to young people, because it seems like told by the old man, but even like that he is showing us that he can still create poignant and tender work of art.
October 18, 2013
PantaOz
Panta Oz

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At CIFF, I was informed that Bernardo Bertolucci directed this film in a wheelchair. As if the direction job wasn't hard enough, he had to do it with limited mobility. After nine years of inactivity, Bertolucci comes back with an honest, gripping look into the complications of family, and really, the dangers of drug addiction. Although it's a rather short look (103 minutes), Bertolucci loads the runtime with plenty of scenarios, never losing the attention of the audience. Would I have wanted this film to be a bit longer ? I would've loved to see what happens after that semi-ambiguous ending. Made from a very small budget, Bertolucci keeps the film predominantly within one setting, a basement where a 14 year old boy, and his stepsister spend a week. Does it reach the grandiose level that Bertolucci reached with "The Last Emperor" or "Last Tango in Paris?" Not a chance, but the thing is, I wasn't expecting it to be nearly as big as those movies. It's a bittersweet drama about growing up, and change; the metamorphosis of teenagers into adults. It's not a perfect film, by far, that's for sure, but it dwells into the emotions of the characters enough to get the viewer attached, and hooked onto the story. I saw somewhere, where someone said the characters aren't engaging. I'd have to disagree with that statement, because I was involved with these characters. I felt the guilt, the pain, the anguish: everything. This film is a character piece, and without engaging characters, it would be a near disaster for Bertolucci. The acting is magnificent, from, really, only two actors/actresses. The plot is simplistic, but doesn't fail to keep you engaged.
September 29, 2013
Anthony L.
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