From a script by Marco Bellocchio, a film that cuts deep into the hypocrisy of ideologies
Eclectic, surreal, dazzling
A directorial debut for Elda Tattoli, who wrote the script together with Marco Bellocchio, Pianeta Venere is a politically harsh film, an admission of how progressionist ideological thought is actually a conglomeration of empty words and schematic beliefs. Real life, on the other hand, must face hypocrisy, prejudice, egotism and cowardice. In the end, Marx or no Marx, women do not enjoy the dignity boasted by leftwing politics. Simply speaking, ideology is blinding. The film is unique in the Italian panorama, not only in its harsh attack on the male chauvinism of the Italian leftwing. The theme is built around a strong sense of narrative deconstruction, incursions into the surreal, and brutal documentary-style sections (the birth scene). Eclectic and dazzling.
Matteo, a communist intellectual, and Amelia, a young girl suffocated by her bourgeois environment, meet on the streets of Rome. They meet again several years later. He has lost an eye and works for the Communist Party, while she has an office job. They start a love affair, but Matteo wishes to keep it a secret, in order to protect his reputation. Their relationship continues but things don’t improve. She even offers to donate an eye to him if he agrees to marry her.