27 Feb “Ascoltati” by Andrea Recchia
“Ascoltati” opens with a radio in the foreground. Throughout the rest of the film, with a sensitive and refined mastery, opposite poles alternate: noise and silence, beauty and cruelty, comedy and depth. The theme of noise accompanies us throughout the work, connecting the characters as if they lived perpetually on a rope, suspended on the senselessness of life. The protagonists of this wonderful story teach us that, at times, noise can become sound and sound can be transformed into words. Thanks to an agile and delicate script, deeply attentive to expressing the humanity of the characters, the film manages to capture something extremely necessary and universal. The incommunicability becomes almost a concrete, physical element, able to touch the viewer and move his attention transforming it into empathy. This film is much more than a cinematic experience. It is the representation of a sincere and wonderful humanity, which calls us to interact in some way, even if only with the eyes.
These natural and delicate suggestions connect the stories to Andrea Recchia’s director gaze in an amazing way. The camera seems suspended on the sighs and looks of the characters and is not only showing us the film, but literally broadcasting. The beauty of photography is discreet and manages to illuminate a more important dimension of aesthetics. Taking every expression and gesture, the acting of the protagonists, perfectly dropped in the part, becomes a real catalyst of sensations and feelings. The end of the film fills the questions and reflections that have enveloped us from the beginning with meaning. It really seems possible to communicate, like a catharsis, like a liberation, but to do it you need to have someone who listen.