Carlo Degli Esposti, Marco Balsamo
Let’s Talk : this is the most feared sentence in the speech between any couple...
Vanni, fifty years old, is a well-known writer. Linda, thirty, is his ghost writer. They live in a beautiful attic in central Rome as a perfect couple. Sure of their love, they prefer cohabitation to the traditional bourgeois marriage. Their best friends, however, Constance and Alfredo, the so-called Prof. a famous heart surgeon, are married. They belong to the upper class and manage their marriage as a Ltd. One evening, the Prof. and Constance burst into Vanni and Linda’s house. Constance has found out that Alfredo has a lover. This is the beginning of so many recriminations also involving Vanni and Linda, throughout the night, and will bring unexpected bitterness to both the couples. Which of the two couples , the morning after, in that apartment which has become a battlefield, will survive?
But is love, love with a capital L, plain and simple love, enough to hold two people together for life, in the name of a loyal and faithful give-and-take? We are led to believe that material goods, properties first shared then divided, are what bring secrets, selfishness and pettiness into relationships. But could the opposite be true? Aren’t those “material goods” safety handles to hold onto when crisis strikes? Plain and simple love, on the other hand, exposes us to an insidious risk, which has become even stronger and more organic to this society. Individualism. And so a simple evening between friends can bring out that which has not been said over the years. It is an explosive epiphany. To relativize love means to subdue it, to impoverish it into nothingness. Love most certainly exists in nature, and every being is naturally driven towards another; but when words come into play, the risk is to dig too deep and to reach that dangerous shadow line, where the only love may well be the love for one’s self, love for the life we were given. So should we never talk? Should we be mute like fish? But what if fish could talk?