Blog entry by Alessia Martine
Venice Film Festival opened with “Lacci,” which gave a lack-luster performance. The drama film directed by Danielle Luchetti was the show’s starter but failed to impress because of its non-engaging storyline.
In juxtaposition with last year’s Marriage Story, Lacci also explores the dynamics of marriage and deals with a couple in which it follows the story of a wife living with an unfaithful husband. The story structure is small and isn’t engaging in terms of international appeal and the audience’s reactions.
Based on the novel written by Domenico Starnone, Lacci (meaning “The Ties”) is about the marriage between Aldo and Vanda, who also have children. Aldo is a novel enthusiast who smugly gives his opinion on books on a radio show. One day, he reveals to Vanda that he had been cheating on her with his assistant named Lidia. Vanda kicks him out of the house, and Aldo, who without any further altercations, estranges his family and travels to Rome to live with Lidia. The film reveals that in Rome, Aldo is happy living with Lidia and enjoying being with his supportive friends.
What is not clear from the revelation shown in the film is how come the couple manages to stay together after thirty years from that day. The film showcased and tried to portray present-day marriages that are surviving on resentment, compromise, and lack of sentiments.
Perhaps, the film didn’t care about how the marriage was sustaining, it cared about the fact that it was.
The film showcased and tried to portray present-day marriages that are surviving on resentment, compromise, and lack of sentiments.
Daniel Luchetti very loosely adapted the novel missing out on minor but significant details. The character Aldo is not well written because he hasn’t been shown to have any specific purpose. In fact, all the characters lack the depth that could have struck a chord with the emotional impulse of the audience had it been there.
There is a layered meaning of male smugness that we can get from Aldo’s character. A man who is so indulged in self-pleasure and admiration that he fails to notice that he takes recreant and indolent decisions every time. The man who pretends to be clever by talking about books on the radio show, but in his own life, he is barely a “clever,”; hardly inculcating any bookish principles.
“Lucci” tried very hard to tell a story about marriage but checked crosses on every column that does make a story a good story.
I am Alessia Martine. I’m a software engineer living in Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315. I am a fan of technology, web development, and programming. My passion is to write about Cybersecurity, cryptography, malware, social engineering, internet, and new media. I write for Norton security products at norton.com/setup.