The Key

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  • R
  • 1983
  • 1 hr 50 min
  • 5.4  (3,192)

The Key from 1983 is a poignant and moving drama that explores themes of love, infidelity, and aging. The film, which is directed by Tinto Brass, stars Frank Finlay, Stefania Sandrelli, and Franco Branciaroli in leading roles. Set in Venice during the early 20th century, the movie centers around Nino, an aging Venetian writer who is married to the beautiful and much younger Teresa. Despite his love for his wife, Nino is plagued by jealousy and insecurity due to their age difference and becomes obsessed with her past sexual encounters. While looking through her diary, Nino discovers a key that unlocks a hidden drawer filled with letters, photographs, and other mementos from Teresa's past lovers.

As he delves deeper into her past, Nino comes to learn about Teresa's many affairs and begins to question his own virility and masculinity. In a desperate attempt to regain his confidence and prove his worth to Teresa, Nino embarks on an affair of his own with the young and voluptuous Fosca.

However, as Nino's jealousy and paranoia escalate, he becomes increasingly possessive of Teresa and begins to view her as a possession rather than an equal partner. Meanwhile, Teresa is forced to confront the realities of aging and the limitations of her own beauty and youth.

Throughout the film, the themes of love and infidelity are explored with nuanced sensitivity, and the performances by the leading actors are both tender and heartbreaking. Finlay delivers a powerful portrayal of an aging man struggling to maintain his sense of masculinity, while Sandrelli's unflinching performance as the object of his obsession is both vulnerable and strong.

The film's visual style is also worth noting, with its lush and dreamy cinematography capturing the beauty and decay of Venice's canals and crumbling buildings. The period costumes and set design are also meticulously crafted and add to the film's sense of time and place.

Overall, The Key is a deeply emotional and thought-provoking film that explores complex themes of love, desire, and aging with sensitivity and nuance. Tinto Brass's masterful direction and the powerful performances by the leading actors make this a must-see film for fans of high-quality drama.

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    1 hr 50 min
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    5.4  (3,192)