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Well done take on the anatomy of a marriage, the loss of love-and its consequences. Filmmaker Daniel Pace saves his protagonist Carlo from death and penile amputation at the beginning of the film to save him for the rigors of love gone wrong because of non-communication. Ah, but where it goes from there, and how it gets there is the story. The film arrived with another reviewer's description 'the war between the sexes.' Okay, maybe, but that's perhaps too pat for this film. It's a well-done 'ballad of Carlo and Mary', perforrned in a minor key with major dissonance, emotionally speaking. He is bored with his wife and wishes she would just disappear, but he doesn't want to hurt her feelings. Instead, Carlo fakes illnesses and ignores Mary, that is until he realizes via her winning a contest chance to meet a Spanish soap opera star, how attractive she is. The plot spins wildly from there but I won't give it away. Eventually, Carlo tells Mary the truth and she leaves. But that's also too simple.
Carlo's scripted advice from various co-stars plays very well in the story. In many ways, it is the story. But, again, where they go and where they end up is also the story. It's subtle, but with mob influence and guns-in its own unique way. The recommendation is to see this film.

Cornelia deBruin - The Journal (January 21, Park City, Utah)

 
Writer/director Daniel Pace explores the extenuating circumstances of a man trying to end his marriage in his "14 Ways to Wear Lipstick... more"
 

 

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