Beautifully unhappy Alaska
It may be the chemistry between the two actors or the subtle and careful construction of the characters' psychology
A young Italian waiter, Fausto (Elio Germano) meets a French model, Nadine (Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey), and, from that moment on, their lives are tied up together. Alaska is the story of their love, constantly troubled by obstacles, which are of the worst nature, since they come from within.
Elio Germano gives proof of his value as an outstanding actor, able to capture the audience’s attention by providing his character with an almost physical consistency, though his deeply irrational nature.
The two lovers represent the driving force of the story, because of their unpredictable choices. Their wrong turns reflect an inner unease, which they share with their own generation, like a spell sentencing them to unhappiness.
It may be the chemistry between the two actors or the subtle and careful construction of the characters’ psychology… But the story is compelling as few other love story dramas.
The love between Fausto and Nadine is never enough, and it is also inescapable.
Critics who didn’t appreciate this film all put forward the same reason: the screenplay. Apparently, the plot produces an accumulation of events, which is perceived as a burden that drags the story and the viewer’s attention down.
But it is precisely thanks to suh accumulation that the pace of the film gains adherence to real life.
The events follow one another in a true-to-life succession, led by Fausto’s restlessness, his compelling desire to have it all, leaving behind what really matters.
Director: Claudio Cupellini
Writers: Claudio Cupellini, Filippo Gravino, Guido Iuculano
Cast: Elio Germano, Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey, Valerio Binasco, Elena Radonicich, Paolo Pierobon, Pino Colizzi, Marco D’Amore, Roschdy Zem