Drama, by Alessandro Scippa, Italy, 2012.
On a small island where she lives and works, Arianna prepares to welcome the new year with joy, leaving the past behind. However, that night could mark not only the end of the year but also the end of her story with Nanni, a beekeeper from the city. The impending separation is a mystery to Arianna: she doesn't understand the reasons behind it, and the long conversations with the evasive Nanni seem futile in clarifying the situation, as he sees their relationship as an obstacle to his freedom. Despite her heartbreak, Arianna finds the inner strength to move forward, even in the face of the pain that this decision entails.
Arianna is a film that relies on visual storytelling, creating an evocative atmosphere inspired by mythology to explore elusive human emotions: pain, loss, abandonment, and the feeling of being uprooted. Arianna's gaze gets lost in a vast sea, an expanse with no return. The director, Scippa, captures waves, storms, lights, and shadows of nature, creating a dialogue between the human and the unexplored. The film delves into the protagonist's secret, focusing on faces and details with sincerity and poignant sensitivity. The aesthetic choice embraces the human experience and questions the boundaries and representation of cinema's immortality. The empty rooms of a mansion give the film a mythical dimension, transcending space and time, beyond imagination. Arianna is aware of her destined abandonment by Nanni Meyer, the beekeeper, and she asks for his understanding, as she comprehends his point of view. Both proud and desperate, she confesses to being strong but unable to move or rise.