In VENICE/VENICE, a film about love, romance and the movies, Henry Jaglom plays a maverick American filmmaker, Dean, who is presenting his latest film at the Venice Italy Film Festival. Dean meets and romances Jeanne, a French journalist. The film follows their relationship as Dean returns to his home in Venice, California. Jaglom attempts to demonstrate that life is not a movie, and love is not an illusion. Dean and Jeanne’s relationship develops quickly. Jeanne believes she knows Dean because she knows his movies; however, she begins to see that Dean’s movies are not necessarily representative of his philosophy. He holds himself out to be a maverick, but his actions show him to be a Hollywood “insider”.
In this almost documentary-style film, Jaglom does a good job in demonstrating that life is not a movie and movies are not life. The insertion throughout the movie of interviews with women about their thoughts on love, romance and relationships is quite effective. VENICE/VENICE’s message is a positive, albeit elementary one. However, Jaglom does not present the biblical view of love and marriage. Those who understand his message probably would do better watching something else.
(LL, SS, H) 10 obscenities & 10 exclamatory profanities; implied sexual immorality & fornication; and, humanistic lifestyle & narcissism.