English Title: The Manual Of Love
Original Title: Manuale D’ Amore
Director: Giovanni Veronesi
Writers: Vincenzo Cerami, Ugo Chiti, Giovanni Veronesi
Music: Paolo Buonvino
Cinematography: Giovanni Canevari
Saw this film during a class, it’s surprise to see Carlo Verdone and Silvio Muccino again, last time I saw them together in “Il Mio Miglior Nemico” (2006), so I guess both are marquee actors in Italy (actually Carlo Verdone is a director too and the cast includes a dozen of the most famous Italian contemporary actors/actresses).
Actually I heard of this series before, the “Manuela D’ Amore 2” also has become a huge success in Italy (with Monica Bellucci, a current sexy symbol of Italy), and rumor says the 3rd installment will invite Robert De Niro to join a star-studded cast, which shows its ambition to conquer a more international terrain.
The film has been a successful domestic box-office bomb in 2005 and also met with mainly positive feedbacks. It consists of four stories of love, from “falling in love”, “the crisis”, “the betrayal” to “the abandoned”, four different sets of protagonists interpret their own chapter with a previous one educes a latter story and finally the fourth chapter encircles with the first one to make everything looks so perfect.
It is an innocuous comedic film with predictable farce and generally it is quite enjoyable. Although each chapter seems nothing particularly outstanding (when we talk about love, I think we have already seen ALMOST everything on screen), the advantage is that with four different stories altogether and each lasts for only 30 mins, the film shrewdly changes to a new chapter as soon as the previous one shows a sign of burning out, which at least will not annoy the audience (critics are not included).
The film got 10 nomination of David di Donatell Awards (Italian Oscar) and won several of them (including Best Supporting Actor and Actress, Carlo Verdone and Margherita Buy), which cruelly shows the truth that now we are in a world starving for great comedies, it is not only in Italy, but the whole earth as well.