Don't Move

Rated NR 2005

In this Italian melodrama starring Penelope Cruz, we're asked to sympathize with a married man who rapes a hotel housekeeper and then begins an affair with her. We're also meant to accept that, over time, the couple falls authentically in love, despite the fact that the woman (named Italia, played by Cruz) is a sexual abuse survivor and nearly destitute and the man (Timoteo, played by Mostly Martha's Sergio Castellitto) is a wealthy surgeon, with a gorgeous beach home, who never leaves his wife. Cruz has been billed as the next Charlize Theron in Monster -- a conventionally beautiful woman who has allowed makeup artists to ravage her face (for whatever that's worth). Her acting is wild and powerful, and Castellitto is equally good, but the film's premise is so offensive that it's hard to care. Worse, the entire story is framed around a lengthy life-or-death surgery on Timoteo's teenage daughter, who has had a moped accident, and the daughter's survival seems to hinge on Timoteo's innocence or guilt. Unsavory at best.

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