A friend who came for dinner brought this along as a gift, and we watched it together after the meal. It’s not the first time he had brought movies, and he’s the only person I know who does this, which is really cool, because it suits us to a T. Bert and I are big movie lovers, and watching one while relaxing after a meal and working for hours in the kitchen is perfect.
I would never dare to bring movies to suggest watching together because I would worry that it’s just not a thing for the host and/or other guests, or that they might find the particular movie I bring a bore. But as for Bert and I, we are open to anything, whether fiction or documentaries, and our friend has brought us some really fascinating stuff, including this one.
The film features an ensemble cast, and Allen himself. The story is told in four separate vignettes: a clerk who wakes up to find himself a celebrity, an architect who takes a trip back to the street he lived on as a student, a young couple on their honeymoon, and an Italian funeral director whose uncanny singing ability enraptures his soon to be in-law, an American opera director.
I enjoyed Antonio’s story best, and not only because it features the Spanish actress Penélope Cruz, who is always a delight to watch. This particular story is really crazy and fun and had me in stitches. Penélope plays an prostitute called Anna. She seems to play prostitutes a lot or maybe it just seems that way to me. Anyway, she’s always brilliant, and her performance in this movie is no exception.