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Incantato(Il cuore altrove)

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Italy · 2003
1h 47m
Director Pupi Avati
Starring Neri Marcorè, Vanessa Incontrada, Sandra Milo, Giulio Bosetti
Genre Drama, Romance

The Pope's tailor sends his son, a virgin at 35, to Bologna hoping he will find a woman. Nello, a classicist moved by the romantic poetry of Ovid, proves to be a good teacher and also falls hopelessly in love with the beautiful Angela Gardini. Angela, herself recently blind and then spurned by her fiancé, uses Nello: she hopes her former lover will become jealous and return to her. Nello obliges, his head full of poetry and in love at last; he's happy to be near her, knowing that she, before her disability, wouldn't have looked twice at him. Bologna or Rome, teaching or stitching, love or solitude - will Nello make choices?

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Chicago Reader by J.R. Jones

Writer-director Pupi Avati has a such a fine sense of narrative proportion that this Italian feature unspools like silk.


Los Angeles Times by Kevin Thomas

A poignant love story, laced with tenderness and gentle humor and told with the warmth of Italian movies in their seductively good-natured mode.


L.A. Weekly by Scott Foundas

There may, somewhere in the premise of Incantato, lie the inspiration for a fine farce, but under Avati's shaky stewardship, the picture is leaden and charmless.


Boston Globe by Wesley Morris

One wishes Incantato was made of something other than musty air. Avati provides no real emotional counterweight for all the whimsy and nonsense, and the movie carries neither the force of morality nor the titillation of trashiness.

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