QUALCHE NUVOLA directed by Saverio Di Biagio (Italy, 2013)

qualche_nuvolaIn the suburbs of Rome, Diego is a young builder who has been engaged to marry Cinzia for ten years. The day of the wedding is imminent. His days of ‘freedom’ are numbered. The inlaws are already knitting baby clothes in anticipation of the couple starting a family.

His life seems well mapped out but when his boss asks him to do some renovation work on his niece’s home, things threaten to fall apart.

The niece, Viola, is an attractive free sprit who is flirty from the moment Diego arrives. She seems to offer no strings attached sex and Diego isn’t about to refuse.

She’s so available it’s like one of those porn movies where the plumber or pizza delivery man is met a horny woman gagging for some easy action.

The contrast between her and his conventional fiancè couldn’t be more pronounced. When his infidelity is inevitably discovered, Cinzia and a girlfriend confront Violia and give her some verbal abuse and some mild slapping but she never confronts Diego directly.

For his part, Diego knows that she knows but doesn’t come clean or make any attempt to apologise. Cinzia decides she’ll never find another man like him so is prepared to pretend that nothing happened.

The marriage goes ahead even though Diego is a less than enthusiastic groom.

The director describes all this as a bitter sweet comedy and the title, which can be translated as ‘a few clouds’, denotes the fact that the climate between the couple is less than serene but that clear skies will follow.

The charcterisation is very sketchy and the acting less than convincing, particularly for female roles.

You get the idea that Diego is trapped by a converntional life of dull domesticity yet he lacks the wherewithal the escape.

I suppose Viola is meant to show a glimpse of another life but her breezy superficiality is more irritating than captivating. We are meant to believe that she is a gifted photographer but there’s no evidence of where this artistic temperament stems from and where it will lead. She’s no Julie Christie.

There’s no real conviction behind this movie – as a comedy it’s weak, as a drama it is full of holes.