The Circumstance

Film
The bourgeois family Olmi observes here is caught in a process of disintegration that hardly requires the promptings of a languid summer's minor crisis. A motorcycle crash, a business reorganisation seminar and a childbirth represent the unlikely-seeming dramatic punctuation in Olmi's mosaic portrait of minimal domestic communication; while the director himself adopts an uncharacteristically elliptical structure and a rare stridency to capture both the frenetic tail-chasing and tentative adaptations to change which criss-cross the dead institutional centre. If the criticism is muted, it's because for Olmi, every new circumstance offers at least a new option.

By: PT

Release details

Duration: 97 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Ermanno Olmi
Screenwriter: Ermanno Olmi
Cast: Ada Savelli
Gaetano Porro
Raffaella Bianchi
Mario Sireci
Massimo Tabak
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