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- 1 hr 45 min
Latin Lover is a 2015 Italian dramedy film directed by Cristina Comencini. The movie revolves around the life of Saverio Crispo, a renowned Italian actor and heartthrob, known as the "Latin Lover." The story is told through the perspectives of different women related to Saverio Crispo, past and present. The film begins with the funeral of Saverio Crispo, where his former and current wives, children, and mistresses gather to pay their respects. Through flashbacks, we get an insight into the life of the famous actor who had a reputation for his seductive charm and womanizing ways. We see how Saverio's relationships with these women led to both love and heartbreak. The first woman to tell her story is Rita, Saverio's first love, and the mother of his son Luigi. Her love for Saverio remained constant, despite their tumultuous relationship. She remained a faithful friend to him, even in his moments of need. The second woman we meet is Saverio's second wife, Lidia. She was a struggling actress, who found stardom when she married the Latin Lover. Lidia's story is a roller coaster of a ride, filled with anxiety and constantly living up to Saverio's expectations. Lidia had to deal with his fame and his consistent infidelities, which ultimately led to their divorce. Later, we encounter Polish actress Krystyna, whom Saverio met during his Italian sex comedies phase. Krystyna was a beautiful young actress with whom Saverio had a brief but intense love affair. She left him soon after to return to her homeland but remained in his heart. Then we meet the second mistress, Penelope, a former beauty queen whom Saverio met during the filming of a commercial. Penelope remained his mistress for several years, but her story is one of heavy heartbreak, as she quickly learns she's just another name on his list. As the plots unfold before us, we see how these women are drawn to Saverio's charismatic personality despite his flaws. The movie captures the complexity of Saverio's relationships with these women and how each of them had a profound impact on his career and personal life. The film also portrays how Saverio's celebrity status affected the lives of his children. We see how his absence and his relationships with other women deeply affected their childhoods. We see how his son Luigi (played by Valerio Mastandrea) dealt with abandonment issues and his daughter Maria (played by Candela PeÃ±a) struggled to accept her father's choices. The cast of Latin Lover is top-notch, with leading actresses from several European countries. Virna Lisi, who played Saverio's first wife, Rita, gave one of the best performances of her career. Marisa Paredes, who played Saverio's second wife, Lidia, was equally impressive. Angela Finocchiaro's portrayal of Saverio's mistress, Penelope, is noteworthy, offering a combination of humor and sadness. Candela PeÃ±a, who played Saverio's daughter, Maria, gave a heart-wrenching performance. Latin Lover is a delightful, witty, and touching story of love and loss, family, and fidelity. The film addresses many central themes that transcend time and place, such as love, passion, and the search for identity. The movie provides different perspectives on a man who held the lives of several women in his hands, showcasing each of their experiences with him. It represents a homage to Saverio Crispo, whom the movie suggests is emblematic of a particular time in the history of Italian cinema. The film is a must-watch for anyone who desires an insight into the complexity of relationships and the importance of every woman in a man's life.