- THE THING: This movie: Light of My Eyes.
- THE HAIKU REVIEW:
A chauffeur and a
owner; their lives entwined.
- THE FULL REVIEW:
This is one of the movies I have received as part of a membership to Film Movement. It's a nifty little movie club, of sorts, in which you get a new, independent or foreign film each month. This is the fifth I've gotten, and they have all been pretty cool.
Light of My Eyes is an Italian love story. It starts with a chauffeur (Antonio), on his way home late at night almost running over a small girl (Lisa) in the street. She is not hurt, and he finds out that she lives with her mother (Maria) who owns a store down the street. Antonio starts to follow them (in a slightly creepy way!); he seems just entranced by this woman. He tries to begin a relationship with her, and she seems to want that, too, at first. But she is too worried about all of the baggage she is bringing -- single mom, financial problems, emotional problems -- so she lets him know that she has no feelings for him.
Antonio is not easily daunted. He gets himself involved in her financial situation, and tries to relieve some of the problems without her knowing. In doing so, he ruins his career, and is now involved in some pretty shady deals.
Throughout the movie, there is narrative from a sci-fi book (I'm not sure which it is! If you know, let me know!), that is being read. I couldn't quite see the tie-in, but I'm sure it was supposed to relate to the story somehow. It was just rather odd.
And it ended way too abruptly. there were some loose ends that I am curious about...
I guess he was just leaving room for Light Of My Eyes 2!!
Final Score on the Chris Worth Scale: $7.75... a good solid movie. There was a couple things that were odd or bothersome (besides the fact that it was subtitled... which always makes me feel like I am missing the movie as I read the dialog!), but I'm really glad I got to see this creative and interesting film.