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La Sapienza

Named for the famous seventeenth-century Roman church Sant'Ivo alla Sapienza, which was designed by the legendary architect (and Bernini rival) Francesco Borromini, LA SAPIENZA echoes Rossellini's Viaggio in Italia in its tale of Alexandre Schmid (Fabrizio Rongione), a brilliant architect who, plagued by doubts and loss of inspiration, embarks on a quest of artistic and spiritual renewal guided by his study of Borromini. His wife Aliénor (Christelle Prot), similarly troubled by the crassness of contemporary society - as well as the couple's listless marriage - decides to accompany him. In Stresa, a chance encounter with adolescent siblings Goffredo (who is about to begin his own architectural studies) and his fragile sister Lavinia upends the couple's plans. As Borromini's spirit and the vertiginous splendour of his structures spin a mysterious web among them, within the course of a few days the foursome experiences a series of life-altering revelations.

“The movie is an unapologetically rarefied undertaking and at the same time a gracious and inviting film.” (A.O. Scott,
New York Times)
Not Rated
French, Italian
Eugène Green
Fabrizio Rongione, Christelle Prot, Christelle Prot
Richard Brody, New Yorker

This stylized philosophical romance ponders European cultural treasures with the unencumbered awe that only an American expat can muster. The director, Eugène Green, a native New Yorker who has been living in France since the nineteen-sixties, focusses on a Parisian couple, Alexandre (Fabrizio ...

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