Primo Amore (First Love) (2004)


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An 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.


Critic Reviews for Primo Amore (First Love)

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An elegantly told tale of obsession.

Apr 28, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

Could do with a bit more plot: It doesn't resolve so much as collapse in utter desolation.

Apr 28, 2005 | Full Review…

It feels like a sketch for a larger work that would go beyond the well-worn insights of diet literature.

Apr 8, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4

While engaging, pic eventually betrays itself as having a trivial attitude to its chosen subject.

Apr 7, 2005 | Full Review…

The scenario is ludicrous, yet it's filmed and performed in such a way that it creates unbearable tension.

Apr 6, 2005 | Rating: 3/4

[A] wonderfully quirky love story.

Apr 6, 2005 | Rating: 3/4

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