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NON TI MUOVERE/DONíT MOVE

While his teen daughter clings to life on the operating table after a bicycle accident, Italian surgeon Timoteo (Sergio Castellitto) broods in the hall. Flashback! He recalls the most conflicted time of his marriage, when his daughter was conceived and born. Although wedded then (and still) to a faithful bourgeois woman (Claudia Gerini), he opted for the most wearying double life. He became embroiled in an affair with a seasonal worker, Italia (Penelope Cruz), whom he raped one day after using her telephone. After the rape came apologies, then heated S&M, and, finally, the illusion of love. For a while, Timoteoís ludicrous adultery fascinates, even though heís a heel, and Cruz does all right dubbed in Italian as a neo-realist lumpen chick with running mascara and an ill-fitting mini-skirt. But their affair grows repetitive and annoying as the movie plods on for more than two hours. Castellitto is also the director and co-screenwriter, and the screenplay is based on a novel by Margaret Mazzantini, his wife. They both sentimentalize the obnoxious protagonist, giving Non ti muovere a fatal case of turgid melodrama. In Italian with English subtitles. (125 minutes)

BY GERALD PEARY

Issue Date: April 15 - 21, 2005
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