Me and You (2014)
Me and You (2014)
Critic Consensus: 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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Critic Reviews for Me and You
The movie is slight but observant and not nearly as maestro-batory as some of Bertolucci's other work.
The defining emotion here... is a characteristic warmth toward -- and envy of -- young people coming into bloom.
The film's a treat to watch, with luxuriant camerawork by Fabio Cianchetti and a gorgeous, intimate score by Franco Piersanti.
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.
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.
Audience Reviews for Me and You
Bertolucci seems aware of the fascination that he creates 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.
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.
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.
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