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"Me and You": Bertolucci Returns with a Tale of (Familial) Love 

Tuesday, Aug 19 2014
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Bernardo Bertolucci's first Italian-language film in three decades, the "me" in Me and You is Lorenzo (Jacopo Olmo Antinori), a teenager who'd rather not deal with other humans. When his mother thinks he's going on a weeklong skiing trip with classmates, he instead camps out in their building's disused basement. Lorenzo's solace is interrupted by the arrival of his seldom-seen, 25-year-old half-sister Olivia (Tea Falco), who joins him in the basement to detox. Though Olivia's free-spiritedness clashes with Lorenzo's antisocialness, they discover new things about themselves — but mostly Lorenzo learning how to open up emotionally, since that's what girls like Olivia do for boys like Lorenzo in movies like this. Indeed, if 1972's Last Tango in Paris was the 30-something Bertolucci exploring his sexual fantasies, then Me and You finds him at 70-odd considering the teenage fantasy of the nerdy shut-in who suddenly has a super-hot girl hanging around, without the added pressure of sex. Except for the film's highlight, a slow dance in which she sings along to David Bowie's "Ragazzo Solo, Ragazza Sola," they keep it chaste. Me and You is fine for what it is, and while it wouldn't necessarily be a better film if Bertolucci embraced the hints of incest, it might have been a little less generic than its title.

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