Drama, thriller, dark comedy, by Fabio Del Greco, Italy 2020.
On a bridge over the Tiber River, an elderly and severely ill man has decided to end his life, but an unusual discovery changes his mind: he comes across a lost smartphone. Intrigued, he decides to return home and watch the videos contained within it. On the screen, a series of videos unfold, telling the story of a woman who has emigrated from southern Italy to Rome to work as a teacher in schools and her struggles with integration in a social reality she cannot fully grasp.
"The Smartphone Woman" is a realistic tale of a woman's life and her complex relationship with an "infernal" city. It portrays the challenges she faces, her connection to her origins, the social discomfort she discovers in the outskirts, and the eerie presence of the ghosts of ancient Roman empire. Fabio Del Greco employs a fragmented style, using pieces of "real life" shot with the smartphone, to construct a narrative that ambiguously oscillates between fiction and truth. This creates a captivating exploration of the discomfort and alienation within the bustling city, contrasting with the peaceful village life from which the protagonist hails. The film is constructed with a variety of heterogeneous characters and situations, an emotional kaleidoscope, weaving between evenings of exploration in the Eternal City and daily struggles. Realistic smartphone-shot videos are alternated with a narrative thread reminiscent of film noir and, ultimately, surrealism in the finale. On screen, a succession of grotesque characters unfolds, representing the director's vision of a tumultuous humanity. The film's potency lies in the emotion it manages to convey and in the protagonist's naive perspective. "The Smartphone Woman" is a must-see for enthusiasts of independent and experimental cinema.
SUBTITLES: english, french, german, portuguese, spanish