After almost 10 years Bertolucci returns to the big screen, with a great work on adolescence, schizophrenia, sexuality and the new familiar bonds; Me and you is an adaptation of the novel by Niccolò Ammaniti (Io y te, 2010) which pictures Lorenzo (Jacopo Olmo Antinori) a youngster incapable of interact in society cause to a narcissist introspection, and his sister Olivia (Tea Falco) an heroin addict who interferes in the most personal life of Lorenzo, together they find in both reflections, and they work on how to overcome their problems, but beyond that, to enjoy their personalities.
Lorenzo is diagnosed by his psychiatrist with narcissism, he is a youngster that doesn’t need anybody, he doesn’t have any friend in school and the relationship with his parents is based in the fantasies born in his mind; Lorenzo’s school plans a ski trip for a week, Lorenzo’s fathers likes the chance for him to interact with the other boys in the school, instead, Lorenzo is planning to take the money of the trip and proceed with the preparations to live for the whole week in the basement of the building in which he lives with his parents, he takes his fantasy and adventure novels, an ant farm, his laptop and his introspection, the perfect week for him to finally be alone.
One day Lorenzo’s world is interrupted by Olivia, his step sister, who Lorenzo hasn’t seen and heard of for years, the few facts that he knows are lies constructed by his father for the shame that Olivia generates in him; Olivia tells him that she has no other place to go, she’ll have to stay with him, on their first night together, we discover the reason, Olivia is addicted to heroin and is willing to detox so she can go to the country with a friend who invited her to live with him, with the only condition of being clean and free of addictions; Lorenzo doesn’t want her with him, he fears of being discovered, and Olivia faces a great struggle with her detox, this is how the hearth of the story is presented, takes place in this basement, Olivia, Lorenzo and the viewer find themselves in this dark place where each one will have to conquer their ghosts so they can find themselves in the Other.
Bertolucci returns with a drama that touches a lot of sensible fibers in the actual postmodernity, conflicts like bullying, borderlines, dysfunctional families and lies; in every shot of the film is present Bertolucci’s signature, who even dares to use the final shot of the film to honor one of his favorite directors, Truffaut; also we can see the common conflicts of previous works of Bertolucci, but in Me and you, the sexuality remains in an unconscious stage.
The film was planned to be shoot in 3D, but Bertolucci itself (I like that 3D is based in the fact that one sees with two eyes, so two cameras imitate that) desisted due to a more Sci-Fi and action use of this technology in cinema.
The strongest point of this film is Bertolucci itself, who constructs a piece where every single element has a reason to be, he also accomplishes a great acting by two new actors, first long film por Jacopo Olmo, and the second one for Tea Falco, they manage, in a great and kind of stage acting, to denote the lack of definition on the identity of both; Lorenzo and Olivia recognizes themselves but they don’t know in which way, the found a friendship, they worked in their blood bonds and till some point we can see a couple in the screen, but the end of the film leaves us with the same lack of definition in Lorenzo and Olivia, they are and aren’t friends, brothers, couple, they know and not know each other; along with the success of Bertolucci’s work, the filmography is wonderful constructing a very dark stage, the basement, as dark as Lorenzo and Olivia, an excellent work on lighting the characters and the only solid elements of both of them, being perfectly visible Olivia’s sexuality, Lorenzo’s novels, the ant farm, the laptop; Bertolucci hits big in other elements of the film, such as the score, and specially the Italian adaptation of David Bowie’s Space Oddity, Ragazzo solo, Ragazza sola, that appears in the climax of the movie, being another element of the story, an element that means the a-temporality in relationships.
- Direction Bernardo Bertolucci
- Production Mario Gianani, Lorenza Mieli
- Writers Niccolò Ammaniti, Bernardo Bertolucci, Umberto Contarello, Francesca Marciano
- Filmography Fabio Cianchetti
- Edition Jacopo Quadri
- Music Franco Piersanti
- Released May 22 2012 (Cannes)
- Country Italy
- Language Italian
- Jacopo Olmo Antinori Lorenzo
- Tea Falco Olivia
- Sonia Bergamasco Lorenzo’s Mother
- Rodolfo Corsato Lorenzo’s Father
- Veronica Lazar Lorenze’s Grandmother
- Tommaso Ragno Ferdinando
- Pippo Delbono Psychiatrist