Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.
Original title: Saturno Contro
Italy/France/Turkey, 2007. Medusa Film, R&C Produzioni, Faros Film, UGCYM, AFS Film, Eurimages, Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali, Sky. Screenplay by Ferzan Ozpetek, Gianni Romoli. Cinematography by Gianfilippo Corticelli. Produced by Tilde Corsi, Gianni Romoli. Music by Neffa. Production Design by Massimiliano Nocente. Costume Design by Alessandro Lai. Film Editing by Patrizio Marone.
Ferzan Ozpetek makes another melancholy film about life and friendship, though this time he forgets to include much of a story. A group of close friends are enjoying one of their many dinner parties together when a member of their group passes out from a brain haemorrhage and is rushed to the hospital. This tragedy causes a rift among the remaining members of the group, who undergo several challenges to their relationships with each other and their significant others before finally being able to make peace with the events that have occurred. Featuring some magnificent actors, many of them familiar to fans of Ozpetek’s films (Stefano Accorsi, Serra Yilmaz, Margherita Buy especially), the film has lovely moments but meanders without any kind of significant through line. Ozpetek is looking to cash in on the artistic success of Pedro Almodovar’s melodramas, but he doesn’t have the Spanish master’s sense of character detail or visual flare to back himself up. Oddly enough, one shot has a member of the cast watching Out Of Africa on TV, the perfect example of a film without a streamlined narrative but possessing a strong spine that keeps it in focus. Look for a supporting performance by the legendary Milena Vukotic as a tough nurse.