Silvio Soldini’s “Come Undone” (Cosa voglio di più, aka What More Do I Want?) depicts an upper-middle class couple’s life coming apart, done with stock sentimentality and grunt-simple observation, much like the filmmaker’s earlier “Days And Clouds.” In short, a modest, intermittently satisfying melodrama that doesn’t move outside predictable patterns. (Much like a couple in midlife crisis with little else to fret over but encroaching mortality.) The adultery is ordinary, and work and family are sketched in, conflicts set in play and low-yield sexual play does not satisfy the players. Ramiro Civita’s consistently interesting widescreen cinematography impresses, especially in making Milan look drab and unmemorable, and in its balance in the many handheld passages. With Alba Rohrwacher, Pierfrancesco Favino, Teresa Saponangelo, Giuseppe Battiston, Fabio Troiano. 126m. (Ray Pride)
“Come Undone” plays Friday, Monday-Tuesday and Thursday at Siskel.
Ray Pride is Newcity’s film critic and a contributing editor to Filmmaker magazine.
His history of Chicago “Ghost Signs” in words and images will be published in Spring 2022.