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3 March 2017

Film Review: EARS

Film Review: EARS

 “Your friend Luigi is dead. P.S. I took the car.”

This is the message the protagonist finds on the fridge, after he woke up with an annoying ringing sound in his ears. However, he cannot remember who Luigi is.

This buzz in the ears and Luigi’s identity research are the main plot devices that influence his every action and his way of relating and engaging with the rest of his world.

From that moment to the end, a university lecturer of philosophy, the protagonist played by Daniele Parisi, faces different paradoxical situations that let him questioning about deeper and deeper existential issues: his relationship with his girlfriend Alice and their different view of the world; the love and purpose of philosophy in contemporary times; the contradictory liaison with his mother and their past; his attitude and the way in which it clashes with a more superficial reality, and not least the bigger questions about God and existence beliefs.

In Ears, this 90 minutes introspective tragi-comedy, laughs, doubts, thoughts and contradictions take alternately the scene and the audience is led through a trip of different emotions and moral paths.  The use of black and white is another original director’s decision: the stunning photography of the eternal city, Rome, is shown to the audience in this dichromacy way. On the one hand, it seems to have a specific purpose, in order to give to the characters and spaces their own real identity. On the other hand, it is a way to describe the protagonist peculiar condition within the film. Indeed, he says: “you are in my world, or you are out”.

After One Life, Maybe Two, the script-writer and director Alessandro Aronadio is back with a new and versatile “dark-comedy”. It had its world premiere in the Biennale College of the 73rd Venice International Film Festival, and it was shown on the 2nd of March at Cinè Lumière, in occasion of Cinema Made In Italy, the Italian film festival in London organised by Istituto Luce-Cinecittà’s promotional department in Rome (Filmitalia), with the support of the Italian Cultural Institute in London.

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