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|THE GIRL BY THE LAKE (LA RAGAZZA DEL LAGO) (director/writer: Andrea Molaioli; screenwriters: from the novel Don't Look Back by Karin Fossum/ Sandro Petraglia; cinematographer: Ramiro Civita; editor: Giogiň Franchini; music: Teho Teardo; cast: Toni Servillo (Inspector Giovanni Sanzio), Denis Fasolo (Roberto), Franco Ravera (Mario), Omero Antonutti (Father of Mario), Marco Baliani (Davide Nadal), Alessia Piovan (Anna Nadal), Heidi Caldart (Silvia Nadal), Fausto Maria Sciarappa (Siboldi), Nello Mascia (Alfredo), Sara D’Amrio (Giani), Nicole Perrone (Marta), Fabrizio Gifuni (Corrado Canali), Valeria Golino (Chiara Canali), Giulia Michelini (Francesca), Anna Bonaiuto (Inspector's Wife), Sandra Cosatto Roberto's Mother), Maria Sole Mansutti (Marta's Mother), Marzia Postagna (Marta's Father), Enrico Cavallero (Allenatore); Runtime: 95; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: Nicola Giuliano/Francesca Cima; MPI Home Video; 2007-Italy-in Italian with English subtitles)|
|"Fails to come
up with an impactful payoff and therefore some
of the good things it does in building tension
by Dennis Schwartz
Italian filmmaker Andrea Molaioli ("The Jewel"), a longtime assistant director to Nanni Moretti, directs in her debut the well-produced, well-acted and well-photographed police procedural story. Unfortunately it fails to come up with an impactful payoff and therefore some of the good things it does in building tension gets wasted. Yet it's still an above average thriller. It's based on the novel Don't Look Back by the Norwegian author Karin Fossum and is written by Sandro Petraglia.
the nude corpse of the secretive, beautiful and
athletic school hockey player, the 18-year-old Anna
Nadal (Alessia Piovan), is reported by a little
missing girl named Marta (Nicole Perrone)
lying on the shore by a lake in the Italian
Dolomite Alps, in the serene country region of
Northern Italy, veteran city police inspector,
Giovanni Sanzio (Toni Servillo),
in the area investigating the case of the found
missing girl, takes over the murder investigation
and brings with him his loyal assistants Siboldi
(Fausto Maria Sciarappa) and Alfredo (Nello Mascia).
He also recruits on his team local lady cop Giani
competent soft-spoken inspector is able to carry on
his professional duties though troubled by home
problems such as an institutionalized wife (Anna
Bonaiuto), for Alzheimer's, no longer able
to recognize him, and a rebellious teenage daughter (Giulia
Michelini) with poor school
grades. The efficient detective tries to get at the
crime's motive as he interviews a number of suspects
that include the harmless village idiot Mario (Franco Ravera),
who found the body; the prime suspect, Anna's hostile
idler factory worker boyfriend Roberto (Denis
Fasolo); Anna's bereaved and awkwardly fawning
over his daughter father (Marco Baliani),
who has lasciviously videotaped her in a red bikini;
Anna's sullen unwanted stepsister (Heidi Caldart);
the womanizing hockey coach; and the divorced
neighbor named Corrado (Fabrizio Gifuni),
whose retarded child choked to death while he watched
with his wife (Valeria Golino).
Anna was the caring babysitter who loved baby Angelo
and could control the child's violent tantrums when
his embarrassed parents couldn't.
this adult story, the children are capable of being
just as destructive as their parents, who openly admit
to hating their handicapped youngsters, and we observe
that love is not easy to find when it's so conditional
and so demanding. Though Sanzio is far
from perfect, in this story he's the one we care
the most about because he's the one most
interested in trying to make a connection with
someone else even if it seems impossible or
improbable. The pic's beauty is in the idyllic
location shots and the way it tries to get at some
difficult truths about its father problems, even
if they remain unresolved and leave the viewer
wanting to know more.
In Italy, it won the Donatello prize for Best Picture.
REVIEWED ON 2/26/2013 GRADE: B+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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