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One Love review – the chemistry between the characters is scorching


According to a song by Rod Stewart, the initial experience leaves a lasting impact. No matter how happy you are in your committed relationship, it’s impossible to recreate or fully move on from that first passionate crush.

The Italian film Un Amore explores the idea that first love can be both a blessing and a curse. Alessandro and Anna, who met while traveling in Europe in the 1990s, fell deeply in love. Now in middle age, they appear to have achieved success in their lives, but deep down they both still feel the impact of their past relationship. They have spent years with an empty feeling, longing for the only love that has ever truly filled their hearts.

The show switches back and forth between the time when they first met during the summer and their complicated current situation. In the present, Anna, portrayed by Micaela Ramazzotti, is married to a kind but oblivious man named Guido. She works for an environmental agency and is adjusting to her son growing up and becoming independent. Meanwhile, Alessandro (played by Stefano Accorsi), who is now an architect, lives a carefree life without settling down. However, his only meaningful relationship is with his strong-willed mother, Teresa. The series follows their reunion in Bologna after many years of being apart, while also revealing the reasons for their past separation.

The two plots are gracefully executed and stunningly crafted; the 90s style is accurate yet infused with a nostalgic glow that brings back cherished recollections. In comparison, the present is stark and detached; the harsh truths of growing up have taken over and depleted the environment of youthful hope. While this logically fits together, the contrast can be jolting at times, and the performers portraying the past and present versions of themselves are so dissimilar that the storylines do not quite convey as distinct phases in the same individuals’ lives.

Endless love … Stefano Accorsi and Micaela Ramazzotti in Un Amore.

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The affection shared by the couple feels genuine and authentic. Both relationships have intense chemistry and a strong sexual attraction that is, to put it bluntly, very passionate. However, aside from portraying some romantic moments – and the terrifying realization that the decisions made in our youth can determine our lasting happiness – this is not a love story that requires eight hour-long episodes to be told effectively.

Director Francesco Lagi, best known for pitch-black comedy Missione Di Pace, seems just as enamoured by his characters as they are with each other. In both timelines he luxuriates in every steamy glance, pregnant pause and gentle caress. But at times it is hard to feel as connected to their love as the series presumes we are.

The tale tells of a love between two people that defies logic and transcends their lack of knowledge about each other. It is portrayed as impossible and heartbreaking, with seemingly insurmountable obstacles keeping them apart. However, if we believe in their rare connection and the pain they feel when separated, it is frustrating that they haven’t resolved their situation by the second episode. Despite being divorced for 25 years and having an adult child, their love remains strong through letters and still makes their hearts race. It is difficult not to urge them to work things out.

The essence of Un Amore is a genuine faith in everlasting love and the captivating idea that a chance encounter on a train can profoundly transform one’s soul. While their love remains strong, the intriguing story diminishes. This romance is only truly captivating for those immersed in it.

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Source: theguardian.com