Source: Catholic News Service
Handsomely designed and filmed but dramatically inert period piece about a shy, awkward 35-year-old schoolteacher falling in love for the first time with a beautiful young woman -- an incorrigible femme fatale who has recently been blinded. Set in 1920s Italy, Pupi Avati's film has the added interest of the hero's father being tailor to the pope, and indeed the film's climax takes place within the hallowed walls of Vatican City. But the main story is so ludicrous and torpidly paced that in spite of some touching moments, the intended romantic sweep is simply not there. Subtitles. Some mild sexual episodes and rear nudity. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America.
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