The Ages of Love
|The Ages of Love|
|Directed by||Giovanni Veronesi|
|Produced by||Aurelio De Laurentiis|
|Written by||Ugo Chiti
Robert De Niro
|Music by||Massimiliano Lazzaretti|
The Ages of Love (Italian: Manuale d'amore 3, also known as Manual of Love 3) is a 2011 Italian romantic comedy film consisting of three segments. It was directed by Giovanni Veronesi, and it is a sequel of Manuale d'amore (2005) and Manuale d'amore 2 – Capitoli successivi (2007).
The film is composed of three episodes, each following a different couple:
- Giovinezza (youth): Roberto and Sara (Riccardo Scamarcio and Valeria Solarino);
- Maturità (maturity): Fabio and Eliana (Carlo Verdone and Donatella Finocchiaro);
- Oltre (beyond): Adrian and Viola (Robert De Niro and Monica Bellucci).
The episodes are connected by short monologues and phrases recited by a young author who plays Cupid. In the first episode Roberto (Scamarcio) works at a lawyers firm that gives the order to evict a family of Tuscan farmers to build complex sites, providing them with the sum of € 15,000. Roberto travels there and in addition, to clashing with the rural owners of the house, meets a beautiful woman Micol (Chiatti) whom he falls in love with. But Roberto is already about to marry another woman, and this may cause him a lot of trouble, but in the meantime he is having fun with Micol. At the end of the story Roberto agrees with Micol and returns safe and sound to his home.
In the second story Carlo Verdone is Fabio, a famous journalist TG La7 (Italian news channel located on the seventh Television Network), married with a daughter, meets with a woman with mental health problems. In fact, the girl lives in a world of her own where she involves the poor Fabio who is also discovered by his wife who leaves him. However, Fabio still thinks to continue his encounters with the girl, very fond of cherubs and angels of marble which are the pillars of his weak and fragile sanity. When Fabio comes to truly realize the mistake he made, he leaves without warning the girl, who feeling losts, falls into a state of chronic depression and is rescued from the ER. Fabio returns to visit the girl who tells him where she hid the DVD on which she had recorded their first sexual encounter, and leaves him a farewell poem.
In the final story Robert De Niro plays the shy Adrian, a professor of art history and for many years has had no friendship or intimacy with a woman. His only real friend is the caretaker (Michele Placido) staying in the apartment Rome where he has a beautiful daughter called Violet, as she says, she works as a model in Paris. After dinner ended badly because of a fight, the three friends come home and find that Viola, in France, was not a model, but a stripper. Her father is furious and throws her out of the house, so the woman not knowing where to go knocks on the door of Adrian who is waiting. In the two hours that pass they recount all their adventures and their sorrows that have had over the years and they soon arouse love. But Adrian is still very shy due to an infarction, he had a disappointment in love, but Viola makes him forget all his troubles. At the end of the story Adrian chooses to leave his job and all his worries to buy a small house on an island of Greece to live together with Viola and the baby she has conceived.
- Carlo Verdone: Fabio
- Robert De Niro: Adrian
- Monica Bellucci: Viola
- Riccardo Scamarcio: Roberto
- Michele Placido: Augusto
- Valeria Solarino: Sara
- Laura Chiatti: Micol
- Donatella Finocchiaro: Eliana
- Emanuele Propizio: Cupid
The film is set in Castiglione della Pescaia and in Rome. Filming started in Rome on 24 September 2010 and in Castiglione della Pescaia on 18 October. The final scene of De Niro and Monica Bellucci was filmed in the Villa Pizzetti Hospital in Grosseto, on 20 October. Locations in Rome used for the film include the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Angelium
- Cinecitta visits Angelicum Angelicum, Retrieved 19 March 2013