Tiramisu for Two

The list of female auteurs who also perform in their own films is regrettably short: Agnes Jaoui, Asia Argento, Julie Delpy, and Lena Dunham are the rare actress-writer-directors that come to mind. Now we can add the elegant Italian star Laura Morante (The Son’s Room, The Dancer Upstairs), who makes her directing and (co-)writing debut with the witty relationship escapade The Cherry on the Cake. The closing night film of the S.F. Film Society’s annual New Italian Cinema series centers on a woman of a certain age who meets a suave, stylish gent at a New Year’s party. Antoine (Pascal Elbé) is such a smooth package, in fact, that Amanda (Morante) assumes he’s gay. That’s merely the first hiccup in a brisk blend of screwball and romantic comedy fueled by delicious banter, meddling siblings, and great clothes. (Eye candy of various kinds has long been a crucial component -- the not-so-secret ingredient, if you will -- in lovesexy urban romps.) The multi-talented Morante executes the recipe with sufficient aplomb to make us wish for seconds. As in, you know, another turn behind the camera.
Sun., Nov. 18, 6:30 p.m., 2012

 
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