Dark Eyes (1987)


“Hey Gypsies! It’s me. I’m leaving soon, but I’ll be back soon.” – Romano

Number of Times Seen – 1 (2 Apr 2019)

Brief Synopsis – An Italian on a cruise retells a story of his lost love to a stranger during their journey.

My Take on it – This is a film that I had a bit of trouble getting in to since I’m not the biggest fan of foreign language films.

The film is a love story being told in flashback where we get to hear how the relationship began and progressed over the years.

They present things in a very interesting way which allows us to get a much clearer understanding about how this love between two married strangers grows and then gives them hopes and dreams that they don’t know if they will ever be able to fulfill over the course of their lives.

They both yearn for fulfilling love and are certain that if they both leave their spouses, they could potentially get such love and be happier with their lives.

The film is shot in a meticulous fashion in order to highlight various colors along the way.

This idea both helps and hinders the telling of the story tho.

On the one hand, it adds flavor to the story and gives us the sense of how we perceive things in life but on the other hand, these color coordinated sequences can distract from the story itself because it takes away some of the realism of it all.

Marcello Mastrioanni received a Best Actor nomination for this performance and was quite deserving of it since we can feel the longing in his voice as he tells the story for his past love and that makes the viewer even more interested in finding out how the story plays out.

Bottom Line – The love story presented in this film is quite interesting and we get a sense of the kind of hopes and dreams that these characters have while trying to find a fulfilling love that they can be happy with. The way the film is shot is done very meticulously via colors and on the one hand, it adds much flavor to the film but on the other it distracts the viewer from the story. Mastroianni was nominated for Best Actor at the Oscars for his performance here and it’s quite deserving since we can feel the yearning in his voice for his past love and are constantly wondering how things will play out as the story is being told. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The film is loosely based on the novella “The Lady with the Dog” by Anton Chekhov. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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