A Heart Elsewhere


Time Out says

There might, conceivably, have been an interesting study of male masochism here. But writer/director Avati is so keen to give us a tasteful, genteel art movie romance - devoid of any kind of political context, of course, despite its inter-war setting - that he squeezes all life out of his story. A shy, virginal, 30-something classics professor, son of a blustering womaniser who happens to be the Pope's tailor, falls for a spoilt beauty, blind since an accident and determined to win back her ex-fiancée by any means necessary, including the arousal of jealousy. That's it, regrettably. Avati sticks to the superficial, never bothers to make his luscious actress/model lead look remotely in period, and refuses to confront the addiction to emotional agony that lies at the heart of what might have been a grand saga of magnificently absurd obsession.

By: GA


Release details

103 mins

Cast and crew

Pupi Avati
Pupi Avati
Neri Marcorè
Vanessa Incontrada
Giancarlo Giannini
Anna Longhi
Alfiero Toppetti
Nino D'Angelo
Giulio Bosetti
Edoardo Romano
Sandra Milo
Chiara Sani
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