I Fidanzati (1963)

I Fidanzati (The Fiances)
Directed by Ermanno Olmi
Written by Ermanno Olmi
1963/Italy
22 Dicembre/Sicilia Cinematografica/Titanus
Repeat viewing/Netflix rental

“Absence makes the heart grow fonder, but it sure makes the rest of you lonely.” ― Charles M. Schulz

This is a charming combination of a unique kind of love story with tender travelogue of Sicily.

Milanese Giovanni has accepted an 18-month transfer to his company’s plant in Sicily.  It will mean a promotion for him and separation from his long-time fiancee Liliana.  She is now barely speaking to him.  They part on very tense terms.

In Sicily, the lonely Giovanni begins to pine for his sweetheart.  The two begin a tentative correspondence in which they both reveal the feeling that had been surpressed by over-familiarity.  Giovanni also explores the wonders of an alien way of life.

It’s a simple story, sweetly told.  I was thinking I could have used more love story but I wouldn’t have wanted to miss any of the gorgeous shots of Sicily either.

Clip – this was my favorite part!

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