Directed by Sergio Castellitto, starring Sergio Castellitto, Penélope Cruz, Claudia Gerini, Marco Giallini and Elena Perino.
Screenwriter-director and star Sergio Castellitto's second directorial outing is about letting go when you're not sure you want to or can. Based on the book written by Castellitto's wife Margaret Mazzantini, 'Don't Move' is watchable, but not spectacular.
Timoteo (Castellitto) is a surgeon who finds himself in the agonising position of watching others operate on his beloved daughter Angela (Perino) after she suffers head trauma as a result of falling off her motorbike. As he waits to hear if his child has made it through surgery, he's reminded of a woman he had an affair with before Angela was born and he begins to reminisce.
He met Italia (Cruz) while waiting for a mechanic to fix his car and after a violent beginning, they began a relationship and fell in love. Timoteo decided to leave his wife Elsa (Gerini) for Italia. The film explores the consequences of that decision, the nature of Timoteo's own choices and the situations imposed on him.
Initially, Timoteo is not a likeable person. He's a quiet man, given to violent outbursts, but when he meets Italia, he softens and opens up. As events spiral out of his control, we see him desperately trying to cling to happiness and ultimately investing it in his daughter.
Castellitto makes a moody and mysterious Timoteo but its Cruz who excels as the disturbed and damaged Italia. She happily eschews her sophisticated glamour to play a character whose mystery is attractive even if her appearance is somewhat dowdy.
As a study in the cruelty of circumstance and actions 'Don't Move' works reasonably well, but it needed more plot to really engage the audience.