Cineforum – May 5th • IO E TE

Io e Te

Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci


The spirit of Italian New Wave cinema is revived in an apolitical form by Bernardo Bertolucci in this film. It’s an intimate, disorientating and highly charged encounter between half-siblings, who find themselves having to share a cramped basement flat which they cannot leave for one week.

Lorenzo, played by Jacopo Olmo Antinori, is a disturbed 14-year-old boy who hates school, and whose mother, Arianna (Sonia Bergamasco), sends him to a psychotherapist. Mother and son lunch together at restaurants, where Lorenzo inappropriately speculates as to whether other people there think they are a couple, and asks her what they would do if they were the only two people left after some sort of apocalyptic catastrophe. Arianna is relieved when Lorenzo shows an interest in going on a week’s ski trip organized by his school. Instead of getting on the bus, Lorenzo sneaks back home and hides out in the basement where he’s glad for the chance to be on his own for a week. Shortly later, he’s horrified when his 20-something half-sister, Olivia (Tea Falco) shows up. Olivia fascinates and horrifies Lorenzo with her attitude, her heroin addiction, her artistic aspirations, as well as some dark hints she reveals about their father.

Bertolucci and his actors, Antinori and Falco, sketch out the growing and touching relationship that develops between the pair — not quite friends, not lovers, perhaps not even siblings exactly — but allies against the unhappiness that this world throws at them. There is a great moment when Olivia starts singing along to David Bowie‘s rewritten Italian version of Space Oddity — Ragazzo Solo, Ragazza Sola and somehow this music contributes to the sense that, though sharp and lively, this 2012 movie could have been made 40 years ago.

After the viewing there will be a light reception and a discussion of the film.

NOTE: The film is in Italian with ENGLISH subtitles.

View the trailer online:

Saturday, May 5, 2018 •  4:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Sentieri Italiani • 5430 North Broadway • Chicago, IL 60640

Call  773.275.5325  or  Email

$10 with member discount • $15 general admission
Cash or check in hand by May 3, 2018
Or $20 at the door, last-minute seating, cash only


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