ESPECIALLY ON SUNDAY is a trilogy of short stories dealing with unfulfilled longing, filmed by an all-star team of Italian filmmakers. The first segment, regarding a man pursued by an obsessed dog, would be enjoyable if it didn't have profane subtitles. The second story, involving a lecherous older man's unsuccessful attempts at seduction, is both pointless and crude. Finally, the emotional resonances of the third involves illicit sexuality and the wise advice of a local priest.
ESPECIALLY ON SUNDAY employs an all-star team of Italian filmmakers to create a trilogy of loosely linked tales–one comic, one kinky and one very poignant–each dealing with unfulfilled longing. The first story is a simple fable of a crabby barber-shoemaker relentlessly pursued by a mutt bearing a swatch of blue paint across his face. The second film involves a lecherous old man’s unsuccessful attempts at seduction and is crude and pointless. The third film relates the story of an elderly widow who spies on her son and his wife in their intimate moments. Confessing her deed to the priest, the woman is told to respect the couple’s privacy. Eventually, her daughter-in-law tells the priest that she allowed her mother-in-law to spy on her out of compassion for her years of widowhood. While their unspoken arrangement is abhorrent, this powerful but understated story speaks volumes about the pain of longing for intimacy which is both long gone and irreplaceable in this life.
When all is said and done, ESPECIALLY ON SUNDAY has moments both fine and awful. The first segment could have been enjoyed by a wide audience if it were not for the profane subtitles; the second story is pointless and inappropriate for all ages; and, the emotional resonances of the third with the sage advice of the priest might have been pondered by grown-ups if it were not for the second segment.
(L, V, SS, NN, C) 2 obscenities & 5 profanities; dog wounded by shotgun blast; rear female nudity; one character ogles a woman's private parts in mirror; kinky photographs of nude women; discrete depiction of married couple making love; and, positive portrayal of priest helping drug addicts & handling personal issues of parishioners in a sensitive manner.