Identificazione di una donna (Identification of a Woman) (1982)

Identificazione di una donna (Identification of a Woman) (1982)

Identificazione di una donna (Identification of a Woman)




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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.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Michelangelo Antonioni, Gérard Brach, Tonino Guerra
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On DVD: Jul 18, 2000
Criterion Collection

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Critic Reviews for Identificazione di una donna (Identification of a Woman)

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (4)

The most openly erotic of Antonioni's features, and visually one of the most beautiful.

Full Review… | July 31, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A refreshing irony prevents the hardened art house pundit from wallowing in nostalgia and the metaphysics of 'portentous messages'.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
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There's a very good reason this moody, atmospheric effort was never released in the United States until now -- it isn't very good.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
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... a film filled with mysteries that are never resolved and images that are simultaneously lonely and lovely.

Full Review… | December 17, 2011
Turner Classic Movies Online

Antonioni's autumnal ruminating, frank about the role of sex in relationships yet now playful and relaxed in mellow acknowledgement of career-long themes

Full Review… | February 13, 2010

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.

Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer

Arguably, "Identification of a Woman" is legendary director Michelangelo Antonioni's final essential film. It's not on the level of earlier masterpieces like "L'Avventura," "La Notte," "Blow-Up" and "The Passenger," but it has similar languid pacing. A troubled director believes the inspiration for his next movie will come from a woman's face, and he becomes particularly obsessed with a beautiful, younger gal named Mavi. He pursues her for awhile and -- somewhat reminiscent of "L'Avventura" -- eventually decides he was looking for something else instead. Typically, the movie is deliberately slow and lasts much longer than its slim plot demands. This padding would be easily tolerated except that most scenes take place indoors, so the imagery includes little of Antonioni's usual poetic landscapes. The film boasts a hip, synthetic soundtrack with various contemporary pop songs and a score by John Foxx (ex-Ultravox).

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

Super Reviewer

God it is long and painful. The final word (finding a perfect woman is as difficult as going to the sun) is ridiculous. A huge disappointment.

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