a film by Fabiomassimo Lozzi
2008 | 91 mins | Italy
›› Left Out - Stare fuori
an obsessive, if stunningly surreal take on love and loss.
Left Out by Fabiomassimo Lozzi From the director of the inventive insight into the mind of the gay Italian male that is Anotherworld, comes this beautifully executed, if obsessive take on love and loss.

It tells the story of Giulio; a young man from Sicily who arrives in Rome to study, staying seemingly rent free with close friend of the family Rosalia. Working as a seamstress from her trans-gendered clientele and still consumed by grief over the death of her son, Rosalia's life soon takes on a whole new meaning as Giulio's presence comes to fill the emptiness in her heart, much to the relief of her husband Eugenio. Only Giulio is not what he appears to be. An aspiring writer by nature with a novel in the making, his student days are but a cover for his incessant search for love of his life Aurora. As his endless quest for her proves futile, Giulio's life takes a downward depressive turn, backed by night time visits to clubs, drugs and drink. That is until by chance, he catches sight of her. Only that's when the real trouble begins.

Left Out by Fabiomassimo Lozzi Based on a true story of a love affair's tragic end, Lozzi has created a stunningly surreal work delivered two layer fashion, with Guia Jelo outstanding as a woman haunted by memories of her son's fatal drugs overdose. Yet just as Rosalia comes to increasingly dote on her lodger, surrogate son like, Giulio's all-consuming love for Aurora equally takes centre stage, with Ivo Micioni, seen in Ferzan Ozpetek's Saturn in Opposition here delivering a moody performance of a man torn apart by self-denial and guilt. Both actors wonderfully convey the emotional suffering of their character, with Federico Pacifici splendid in the role of the husband left to deal with the dramatic consequences of the cost of love.

True, this is not a gay film, per se. But in a feature in which Giulio's relationship with Nausicaa Benedettini as the angelic like Aurora is critical to the story, Lozzi in his now trademark mix of surreal and stylised imagery, presents a work laced with a series of lavender coloured subplots for the boys, as feelings of repressed homosexuality, coupled with an all too undeveloped, if sweet and tender bond between Giulio and Alessandro Riceci as "look of love" publisher Gabriele interact with scenes of Go Go Dancers, let alone Micioni's willingness to do the full monty, Italian style.

Well acted, shot and directed throughout and complete with a set of family background sequences to showcase the fear of abandonment, the result is an engrossing reworking of the classic ill-fated lovers scenario, aided by a captivating score, a trio of worth repeating Anotherworld faces and a melodramatic twist in the tale ending, Sicilian style. Exquisite, if ever so sad.

Gay Visibility - covert. 
Nudity - the full Italian monty. 
Overall - file under ... 4 stars. 
International Premiere at the Montreal World Film Festival, 2009.
starring: Guia Jelo / Rosalia, Ivo Micioni / Giulio, Federico Pacifici / Eugenio, Nausicaa Benedettini /
Aurora, Alessandro Riceci / Gabriele, Alessandro D'Ambrosi / the Youth at the Pub and
with Carlo Del Giudice as Lina, Rosalia's friend and client.
special appearance by Dagmar Lassander.
Copyright 2011 David Hall - www.gaycelluloid.com.
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