Primo Amore (First Love) (2004)
Movie InfoAn artist's strange obsessions take a grim toll on the woman he's fascinated with in this drama from Italy. Vittorio (Vitaliano Trevisan) is a jewelry designer who is set up on a blind date with Sonia (Michela Cescon), a attractive woman whose figure is slightly zaftig but well proportioned. Over the course of their date, Vittorio, an obsessive artist who doesn't do well in contact with others, tells Sonia, who is close to few people besides her brother, that he would be more interested in her if she lost some weight. Sonia is miffed at Vittorio's blunt statement, but he persuades her to spend more time with him, and as she grows fond of him, she accepts his offer to move in with him. Soon, Vittorio has put Sonia on a strict regimen of diet and exercise, in a bid to reduce her weight; as he becomes increasingly obsessed with her body, her hunger and exhaustion begin to cause hallucinations, and soon she can no longer tell what around her is real and what is imagined. … More
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Critic Reviews for Primo Amore (First Love)
Could do with a bit more plot: It doesn't resolve so much as collapse in utter desolation.
It feels like a sketch for a larger work that would go beyond the well-worn insights of diet literature.
While engaging, pic eventually betrays itself as having a trivial attitude to its chosen subject.
The scenario is ludicrous, yet it's filmed and performed in such a way that it creates unbearable tension.
[A] wonderfully quirky love story.
Perhaps it's appropriate that a tale about the avoidance of food should be so unappetizing, but that doesn't make it any more enjoyable to watch.
This is not a great date movie, unless you know your partner will let you have popcorn AND candy and not make you suffer for it later.
Primo Amore tunnels deeply enough into its characters' psyches to reach classic tragedy levels.
...never gets enough beneath the surface to justify [Vittorio's] eventual transformation into something out of a horror movie.
Connecting the tenuous expository scenes are hard-hitting moments as Sonia continues to starve herself, and Vittorio offers rewards and punishments.
The atmosphere is once again black, creepy and unsettlingly elegant, lending this twisted tale of psychological dominance and submission a patina of anxiety and dread.
An engrossing Italian psychodrama about a driven man's obsession with a warped vision of beauty and a woman's sad subservience to his efforts to make her over.
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