Francesca Comencini's Latest Film in NYC


Francesca Comencini’s Stories of Love that Cannot Belong to This World  (Amori che non sanno stare al mondo) will be shown at the 18th edition of Open Roads: New Italian Cinema.

Adapted from Comencini's book, the film has been described as “a drama that takes an ironic but lucid look at the way in which women deal with the end of a relationship.” After seeing the film, I would say that it’s the story of how one woman deals with the end of a relationship. It's the delusional motivation for which she stayed that we can all understand on some level. 

The film follows Claudia (Lucia Mascino) and Flavio (Thomas Trabacchi), two very different people but deeply in love nonetheless. Their tumultuous, passionate relationship is driven by powerful feelings, but they are simply not good for each other. Their sincere love, affection and attraction keep them emotionally and physically attached and unable to leave even though they often argue. However, an indifferent comment made by Claudia is Flavio's last straw and he finally breaks away. The film is a series of flashbacks woven with moments in the present. There are surprises and unexpected twists. At times, it gets frustrating to watch Claudia’s desperation and codependency, but it’s worth staying in the trenches to witness her gratifying revelation at the end.


Mascino’s performance is exceptional. Claudia’s emotional rollercoaster takes her to extreme highs and lows. Although Claudia has an eccentric personality, she is relatable because there are many layers to her. You will not identify with all of them, but as Mascino reveals the complexities and idiosyncrasies of her character, you will find common ground.


Comencini’s dialogue and direction compliment each other in terms of intensity. There is a strong element of fiction and fantasy, and the performances are very intense. At times, they are over the top. This is not a lighthearted film. Comencini had a clear vision and brought that vision to life. 

Comencini is no stranger to New York audiences. Stories of Love that Cannot Belong to This World will be her third film presented at Open Roads: New Italian Cinema. In 2004, she presented Mi piace lavorare ( I Like to Work), a story of how one woman deals with harassment in the workplace. Then in 2008, her documentary In the Factory, which recounts Italy’s economic progress and challenges, was shown. 

Presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Istituto Luce Cinecittà, Open Roads: New Italian Cinema will take place May 31 – June 6. Stories of Love that Cannot Belong to This World  will be shown on June 2 at 6:00 PM followed by a Q&A with Lucia Mascino, and again on June 6 at 6:30 PM. Click here for ticket information.

By- Jeannine Guilyard