Il Futuro Reviews
The flick tells the story of two siblings Bianca and Tomas who lose their parents in a random car accident. The setting is Rome, presented in a light of magical realism. The siblings fight to remain together, having to prove that Bianca who has barely reached adulthood can take care of her brother. Ultimately she gets tangled in crime through her brother's new bodybuilder friends. They want Bianca to scam money from a blind former action movie star Maciste, played very well by Rutger Hauer.
Reluctant but finally game, Bianca begins an odd relationship as Maciste's prostitute. The ultimate goal of stealing the man's money gets difficult as that relationship deepens.
"Il futuro" is vague in a good way, carried by Scherson's competent vision and Manuela Martelli's cool, detached but substantial performance as Bianca. The protagonist is as intangible as the movie itself, but also equally fascinating and never weak.
Even though it has a plot as old as dirt and therefore more than its share of predictability, "Il Futuro" still has a lot going for it such as a neat turn from Rutger Hauer, erotic energy to spare, a twangy guitar score and a lovely dream logic, including a cameo from Cinecitta. In its own gentle way, the movie critiques the impatience of youth while also pointing out that there are no short cuts in life. Meanwhile, all of the characters are shown their possible futures, even if they are not aware of it at the time. Currently, Bianca is satisfied just being in a place where she is not stared at all the time while not yet realizing that smoking might stunt her growth.