La Sapienza

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An aging architect (Fabrizio Rongione) tries to rediscover his passion by going on a research expedition to the birthplace of 17th-century master Francesco Borromini.

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Sabine Ponte
Isabelle
Gilles Tonnelé
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Eugène Green
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Critic Reviews for La Sapienza

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (3)

  • While Green's film is dense with historical fact and theory, it's not averse to plumbing life's mysteries. Suffused with warmth, it expresses a potent admiration for human striving and accomplishment.

    August 3, 2015 | Full Review…
  • On the surface, writer-director Eugne Green's film "La Sapienza" is slow, strange and awkward - but stick with it and it may win you over.

    June 26, 2015 | Full Review…
  • The Sapience juxtaposes insights on how people are emotionally connected with ruminations on the buildings and spaces through which they move, in which they live and, in Alexandre's case, which they also create.

    June 5, 2015 | Full Review…
  • A beautiful space for people and light.

    June 4, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • This kind of formalism needs to do more than walk through classical wonders. It should want to create cinema that can stand near or beside them. This movie defensively consecrates what's already there. You don't need a film to do that.

    April 9, 2015 | Full Review…
  • An exquisite rumination on life, love and art that tickles the heart and mind in equal measure.

    April 8, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for La Sapienza

  • Dec 28, 2015
    Moving at a leaden pace, over-intellectualized and stiff in style, La Sapienza recoils from the compelling story at its core--husband and wife each meet an unlikely younger friend and maybe refresh their own relationship as a result--and it strangles the life out of the character relationships, moving at a leaden pace for the first hour until it finally suggests a reason for this. I'm not against slow, considered films (I quite liked Museum Hours, for example), but this one didn't do it for me.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • Mar 26, 2015
    Despite any number of professional accolades, Alexandre(Fabrizio Rongione), an architect, finds his marriage with Alienor(Christelle Prot Landman) in rocky shape. So, they travel to a lake in Switzerland to spend some quality time together, trying to recapture some of the old magic. What they find instead is siblings Goffredo(Ludovico Succio) and Lavinia(Arianna Nastro). And then Alienor surprises her husband by volunteering to stay in town to look after the ailing Lavinia while Goffredo continues his architecture studies in Turin with Alexandre. "La Sapienza" gets off to a rough start, as the movie assumes that Alexandre's sour mood is solely from his atheism, not something less existential, like say, severe constipation. Thankfully, the movie eventually recovers, allowing for an occasionally heady exploration of art, history, architecture, romance and most importantly sideburns. At the same time, the tone tends towards the deep end of the pretentiousness spectrum, sometimes unnecessarily so. And I'm still not exactly sure what this whole sapience thing was about but then I guess that's what Google is for.
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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