Directed by Paolo Sorrentino, starring Toni Servillo, Olivia Magnani, Raffaele Pisu and Angela Goodwin.

Sorrentino's second feature revolves around Titta di Girolamo (Servillo), a loner who lives a quiet life in a hotel and keeps some interesting secrets. The first of these is that he habitually takes heroin once a week, always at the same time. The second is that he frequently takes a suitcase full of money to a bank, where he supervises as it's counted by hand. It's this strangely ordered life that makes Titta and this film so interesting.

Titta never allows anyone to know about his secrets. He pays his rent promptly on the first of the month, gives evasive answers to queries about his work and silently allows his neighbour to cheat in their card games. He also quietly notices one of the hotel's barmaids, Sofia (Magnani), though he has never spoken to her.

But one day, he decides to connect with her, though he is aware that, in doing so, he may be inviting trouble. He's eager to open up to her and soon he's risking a great deal to please her and make himself happy. It's then that his stable world, lonely and unhappy as it is, begins to disintegrate. In the end, Titta is left with nothing but his honour and there are those who want him to sacrifice that too.

Sorrentino's film moves very slowly, but before you get the chance to become impatient with it, you become very involved in Titta's fate. His acceptance of his enforced situation has made him a shadow of a man, but it's his involvement with Sofia that makes the tragedy of his life really hit a nerve. The fact that he can't even control his actions, let alone their consequences, makes this compelling viewing.

Toni Servillo does admirably as the unfortunate and reticent Titta, a character you grow to feel deeply for. With some very beautiful cinematography to add to your enjoyment, 'The Consequences of Love' burns slow, but bright.

Katie Moten