Luca Guadagnino, fresh off his take of Dario Argento’s Suspiria, is teaming up with the creative director of Valentino, Pierpaolo Piccioli for a yet named short film inspired by haute couture, art, and the journey of a woman. Julianne Moore is that woman, also joined by Kyle MacLachlan, Mia Goth, Kiki Layne, Marthe Keller, and Alba Rohrwacher.
Variety reports that the 35-minute film portrays different chapters in a woman’s life through the prism of her connection with her mother. Before you think to yourself that this is just another high priced, long form commercial, full stop; Guadagnino says “it’s an art movie in which haute couture becomes part of the narrative…” Moore’s character, Francesca, is a writer living in New York who has to return to Rome, to take care of her mother. Her mother, a painter will be played at different stages by Keller, most recently seen in The Romanoffs and Goth, who was part of the cast of Guadagnino’s Suspiria. Layne, from If Beale Street Could Talk, plays a very important part in Francesca’s journey. MacLachlan plays quite a few parts; in fact, he is playing all the male characters in the film. “Fathers, lovers, servants,” Guadagnino is quoted as saying.
In a way that evokes many of you to probably think of the directing styles of David Lynch and Christopher Nolan, the story has many sequences layered on top of each other as opposed to just another flashback. The screenwriter, Michael Mitnick has said he is playing with stream-of-consciousness stylizing as “a way to capture the feel of memory on film.”
What I find most interesting about this project is the care that seems to be taken care of with the storyline and what brings you back to remembering things in your life. It may be a scent, a place, or an article of clothing. Is this film something you might be interested in seeing? While Guadagnino wants to bring it to International film festivals and release in several countries, I do hope that the States is one of them. If the beauty of both Suspiria and Call Me By Your Name is any consideration, this is a film that should be enjoyed by many a film and art lover.