Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB
Original title: L’Ultimo Bacio
Italy, 2001. Fandango, Medusa Film. Story and Screenplay by Gabriele Muccino. Cinematography by Marcello Montarsi. Produced by Domenico Procacci. Music by Paolo Buonvino. Production Design by Eugenia F. Di Napoli. Costume Design by Nicolette Ercole. Film Editing by Claudio Di Mauro.
Four best friends experience all the best that romance has to offer: one is getting married, the other is married with a newborn baby, the third is a hopeless playboy, and the fourth (Stefano Accorsi), the main protagonist of the film, has just found out that his girlfriend is pregnant. Frightened by the huge commitment that this puts upon him, his lustful Italian eye begins to wander and he starts up an affair with a silly high school girl thinking that his girlfriend will never find out. Of course, as always, she does. This ridiculous comedy features brilliant editing and technical direction, but the main theme, that men aren’t capable of commitment so why bother asking them to be responsible for their actions, is a lot to swallow. The saving grace of the entire picture is a storyline involving Stefania Sandrelli as Accorsi’s mother-in-law, whose marriage is in crumbles and she just can’t seem to find her way out of it. Her acting and exceptional presence are what the movie has going for it the most.
European Film Award Nomination: Best European Actress (Stefania Sandrelli)
Toronto International Film Festival: 2001