Primo Amore (First Love) Reviews

February 22, 2007
As lovely to watch as it is painful to contemplate.
May 21, 2005
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.
May 14, 2005
May 13, 2005
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.
April 29, 2005
Primo Amore tunnels deeply enough into its characters' psyches to reach classic tragedy levels.
April 28, 2005
...never gets enough beneath the surface to justify [Vittorio's] eventual transformation into something out of a horror movie.
April 28, 2005
An elegantly told tale of obsession.
April 28, 2005
Could do with a bit more plot: It doesn't resolve so much as collapse in utter desolation.
April 8, 2005
It feels like a sketch for a larger work that would go beyond the well-worn insights of diet literature.
April 8, 2005
Connecting the tenuous expository scenes are hard-hitting moments as Sonia continues to starve herself, and Vittorio offers rewards and punishments.
April 7, 2005
While engaging, pic eventually betrays itself as having a trivial attitude to its chosen subject.
April 6, 2005
The scenario is ludicrous, yet it's filmed and performed in such a way that it creates unbearable tension.
April 6, 2005
[A] wonderfully quirky love story.
April 4, 2005
Set in northern Italy and in the darkest recesses of a woman's heart, Primo Amore is a horror movie about desire and the toxic pursuit of perfection.
April 1, 2005
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.
March 29, 2005
Probing the trust-based power games of a sadomasochistic dynamic, the movie is a reasonably thoughtful study of obsessive love.
March 29, 2005
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.
March 26, 2005
Too claustrophobic and writ small for my taste.
March 23, 2005
Primo Amore is as moody as Matteo Garrone's previous feature, The Embalmer, from which it seems to have pilfered much of its metaphoric import.