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      Elective Affinities

      1996 1h 38m Drama List
      Reviews 31% Audience Score 50+ Ratings After an architect (Fabrizio Bentivoglio) is invited to the home of his associate, the harmony of the place comes undone with the visitor's attraction to someone. Read More Read Less

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      Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: C Jul 4, 2005 Full Review Christopher Null Filmcritic.com Rated: 2.5/5 Jun 2, 2005 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews If you can believe it, here's a Goethe story that is insipid. Rated: C- Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Pedagogically interesting, but too often slips from "dignified" to"mummified". Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member Beautiful piece of art from the Taviani Brothers. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review walter m "Elective Affinities" starts with Carlotta(Isabelle Huppert) and Edoardo(Jean-Hugues Anglade) being reunited after twenty years apart and deciding, why not, let's get married. A year later, they are still in the state of their marriage where they rarely leave the bed. But Edoardo has to get up to invite his friend Ottone(Fabrizio Bentivoglio) to their villa. While the two men get to hang out a lot, Carlotta feels increasingly left out. So she invites her adopted daughter Ottilia(Marie Gillain) to restore the balance but that only makes things worse. "Elective Affinities" begins well enough with the opening credits segueing nicely into the opening scene. However, the movie gets increasingly heavy handed as it goes along while also telegraphing its punches. So, maybe there are no shortcuts in life but does that mean that such intelligent, forward thinking people can act so incredibly stupid? In the end, it just goes to show you that you can never plan for every eventuality. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Dec 2010 - This does not measure up to the best of the Taviani brothers yet I like the atmosphere and for weir reasons it has a similar texture to some of his older work which is surprising for a movie made in 1996. I was more excited about a novel in the 19th century that speaks of the issue of relationships with so much liberty and questions the institution of marriage with such an ease. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis After an architect (Fabrizio Bentivoglio) is invited to the home of his associate, the harmony of the place comes undone with the visitor's attraction to someone.
      Director
      Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani
      Producer
      Grazia Volpi
      Screenwriter
      Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani
      Production Co
      Filmtre, RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      Italian
      Runtime
      1h 38m