Una Questione Di Cuore (A Matter of Heart)
There is many a movie made about life, death, family, friendship and love, and why not, after all these are universal themes that unite us all. Una Questione Di Cuore is an example of this – an Italian film, with Italian quirks – that will resonate across all cultures.
Main characters Angelo (Kim Rossi Stuart) and Alberto (Antonio Albanese) meet in a hospital in Rome after they suffer two very different heart attacks. It is fitting really because they are two very different men – Alberto has a curious, almost interrogating personality matched to Angelo’s relaxed and open one. They become fast hospital friends and surprisingly (even for the characters) continue a strong friendship once released.
Their friendship is initially a healthy relationship (with a real on-screen dynamic between the two actors) however things start to become complicated when it becomes clear that Angelo’s recovery is going to be much less certain than his new friend’s. It’s this complexity that makes the movie worth watching. Angelo’s intentions are clearer to the audience than to those around him due to his tragic inner reasoning which is very different from his outward persona. Alberto’s decisions also make his character more honourable than at first imagined.
The main supporting characters come in the form of Angelo’s family. Wife Rossana (Micaela Ramazzotti) and daughter Perla (Nelsi Xhemalaj) give particularly strong performances. They are women who love their husband and father and emotionally portray their struggle to understand his new choices.
This is slow cinema – you engage with the excellent acting and slowly evolving story – not with any great action. For this reason the film won’t be for everyone; you have to be interested in humanity for it’s here where the heart of the film is found.
An extra note: If you are a fan of Italian cinema you will be rewarded with cameo appearances by some well-known Italian actors and you’ll be entertained by them even if you don’t know who they are.
Reviewed by: Elizabeth Kirkby-McLeod
Language: Italian with English Subtitles
Director: Francesca Archibugi
Cast: Antonio Albanese, Kim Rossi Stuart, Micaela Ramazotti, Francesca Inaudi
Duration: 102 Minutes
Rating: M contains sex scenes & offensive language