The Last Leaf (aka L’ultima Foglia)
Cast: Fabrizio Ferracane, Georgia Cardaci
FILM FESTIVALS: Raindance Film Festival 2013, Rome Independent Film Festival 2013, Tiburon International Film Festival 2014
Georgia Cardaci stars as Rossana; put-upon wife of Zeno (Fabrizio Ferracane) in this latest production from award-winning Italian director Leonardo Frosina. We follow our leads as they make the move to a new city, which proves to be an isolating experience for both characters: each afraid of the future before them.
Described by Leonardo himself as a ‘story about how laziness and sluggishness sneaks into human relations and destroys them’, this tantalizingly torturous portrayal of a couple grasping at the past examines the frailty of marriage and morals as a relationship runs its course.
As Zeno pushes the boundaries by avoiding communication and flirting with adultery, Rossana struggles to share the news that she is pregnant; instead feeling invisible and unloved whilst Zeno tries to appease his conscience by listening to relationship advice on his patrol car radio. It’s only when a devastating mistaken phone call made by Zeno reveals his betrayal that Rossana finally manages to take control.
With its style reminiscent of Blue Valentine, alternating a starkly morbid present and a rosier past, The Last Leaf is a sensitive portrayal of a man’s confusion over his actions and a woman’s struggle to regain independence. Stunning aerial shots of the city add an artistic quality and the triumphant end shot affords Rossana the assertion of confidence we’ve been rooting for.
AVAILABILITY: United Kingdom and Eire only
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