On the strada again
Two Italian women hit the road and find friendship and strange stories in the uneven "Venti."
By JOSHUA TANZER
"If you can count twelve stars for twelve nights, on the last night you'll dream of your soulmate," says Beatriz.
"Twelve stars for twelve consecutive nights?" says Eva. "That doesn't sound difficult."
|Directed by: Marco Pozzi.|
Written by: Marco Pozzi, Andrea Bempensante.
Cast: Anita Caprioli, Cecilia Dazzi, Ivano Marescotti, Rocco
Barbaro, Andrea Pezzi, Alessandro Cremona, Sabrina Corabi,
Giorgio Centamore, Walter Leonardi, Luis Molteni, Guglielmo
Menconi, Mike Bongiorno.
In Italian with English subtitles.
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"It is difficult," cautions Beatriz.
Difficult but not impossible. Some kind of fate, star-borne or not, seems to have brought these two together Beatriz (Anita Caprioli), the fetching porn actress who speaks in a curious sort of cheery Spanish-tinged Italian and only makes love scenes with women, and Eva (Cecilia Dazzi), the introspective TV-news assistant who comes for an interview and leaves with a best buddy.
"Venti" is not an everyday buddy movie, though.|
While Beatriz and Eva cross Italy by car, they also stumble across a series of oddball vignettes almost all featuring the same bald, demented-looking actor. Some of these segments are merely puzzling but some are perversely funny, like one about a gas-station robbery gone wrong and another about food delivery in the morgue.
"Venti" turns out to be like two movies in one, neither of them entirely successful.
Beatriz-Eva road movie has charm but the stakes for these two are not high they're
not on the run from anything, they're not facing any personal crises, they're basically
just out for a drive. The vignette movie can be puzzling and it makes the overall effect a
bit choppy and nonsensical. When it works, the film hums along; when it doesn't, it lurches
like a Fiat in need of a mechanic.
|MAY 9, 2000|
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