Italian film showing today: Ciliegine / Cherry on the cake (Laura Morante, 2012)

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The Italian film, Ciliegine / Cherry on the cake (Laura Morante, 2012), will be showing in Lecture Theatre A at 6.30pm on Monday 24 November 2014. Review & introduction by Alexa Lorentz Weber (B.A. Language and Society: Italian and Chinese). All welcome! The trailer for this film is available on YouTube.

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Il film di questa settimana è il primo film come regista dell’attrice Laura Morante. In questa commedia sentimentale la regista intepreta Amanda, la protagonista, che ha sempre avuto rapporti complicati con gli uomini: appena una relazione diventa seria, cambia da dolce e tenera a sospettosa e fredda. Questo, secondo il marito psicanalista della sua migliore amica, Florence, è dovuto ad una strana fobia: l’androfobia, la paura irrazionale per gli uomini. Con Antoine, un timido collega di Florence, però le cose sono un po’ diverse: Amanda si sente al sicuro, riesce a parlargli apertamente e ad essere se stessa … ma solo perché crede che lui sia gay. Riuscirà allora la bella protagonista a curarsi della sua fobia?

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This week’s romantic comedy is the directorial debut of Italian actress, Laura Morante, who also stars in it. She plays Amanda, the protagonist, who has always had complicated relationships with men: as soon as she starts engaging seriously with one, she switches from sweet and caring to cold and suspicious. According to her best friend’s husband, who is a psychoanalyst, this occurs because Amanda suffers from androphobia, an irrational fear of men. Things are, however, different with Antoine, a shy colleague of Amanda’s best friend, Florence: with him she feels safe, free to speak her mind and be herself … but only because she thinks that he is gay. Will she find a way out of this vexing predicament?

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