I’m happy so many readers enjoyed the first installment in my Favorite Italian Films series last week with Lisa Fantino’s review of Under the Tuscan Sun. That’s one of my favorites! This week Katie Greenaway from Olio di Oliva e Sogni di Vino is here to tell us about one of her favorite films in Italian – L’Ultimo Bacio. (By the way, have you checked out Katie’s beautiful new blog design? Head on over there!) Thanks, Katie, for adding a new film to my must see list!
One of the first Italian movies I ever saw, “L’Ultimo Bacio” (The Last Kiss) was truly a blast into the Italian language. The story of Carlo and Giulia starts off full of love and energy. Giulia announces to her family that she is pregnant and the wheels in Carlo’s head start to run wild. Suddenkly, he feels his life is being controlled by this commitment and this baby. He starts to second guess his relationship and even buying a house with Giulia. His friends start to paint him a picture of what his life will be like after the baby is born. Adriano, with a baby boy already, scares Carlo white with all that he is dealing with his wife and baby. Paolo is in the middle of a breakup and can’t seem to move on from it. He tries to convince all his friends to run away from Italy to a distant land. Alberto is the free spirit of the group and is enjoying sleeping with anything that moves.
Following all different story lines you’ll see a common theme. What if I chose a different path? Each character is in a crises and they try to go down a different path. What if I was never with her? What if I never stayed with him this long? What if I just leave this place, will things be much better? Why does my life seem to be over now that she is pregnant? I’m too young to be a father. I don’t want to be a father anymore. Although this movie depicts mostly the male’s point of view, I am sure there are plenty of women that have similar emotions brewing on the subject of babies and marriage. I feel that the men in this movie bring a true viewpoint of what men go through when confronted with these issues and questions about love, family and commitment.
The performances by the main characters made me love this movie even more. When Giulia, played by Giovanna Mezzogiorno, yells and screams at Carlo, played by Stefano Accorsi, with a knife in her hand, it gave me chills. I believed her 110%. You can feel the flames shooting out her eyes with fury. Even I was afraid of her!
I love this movie because it shows real situations in real relationships with real issues. Each relationship is examined and some are resolved, some are not. However, I won’t spoil the movie for you!
Katie Greenaway is a freelance travel writer and is the Local Expert of Florence for Nile Guide where she also provides the secrets of Florence on her blog. She writes about her life in Florence on her personal blog Olio di Oliva e Sogni di Vino and contributes to MNUI Travel Insurance with travel articles.