Identificazione di una donna (Identification of a Woman)
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Identificazione di una donna (Identification of a Woman)
A divorced middle-aged Italian film director (Tomas Millian) is seeking meaning and love in both his life and his film. He becomes involved with an aristocratic woman, but trouble ensues when he begins to receive anonymous threats demanding that he abandon the relationship. When the woman mysteriously disappears, the director begins seeing an actress who works in experimental plays. She too leaves after telling him that she is carrying another man's child. In his quest for meaning, all the director manages to find is meaningless sex and lots of metaphors for isolation and abandonment: fog,… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 62%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The most openly erotic of Antonioni's features, and visually one of the most beautiful."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"There's a very good reason this moody, atmospheric effort was never released in the United States until now -- it isn't very good."
‑ Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"This is a respectable return by Antonioni to familiar thematic ground -- the impossibility of maintaining relationships in the contemporary world -- helped by a fine ironic underpinning and smoothly assured visuals."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Identification of a Woman is not an easy film, but it's a most welcome addition to Antonioni's canon."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A refreshing irony prevents the hardened art house pundit from wallowing in nostalgia and the metaphysics of 'portentous messages'."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"... a film filled with mysteries that are never resolved and images that are simultaneously lonely and lovely."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies Online
"If Antonioni ultimately fails he deserves full marks for setting out on this adventure."
‑ , Film4
"Michelangelo Antonioni's 1982 film Identification of a Woman never saw release...and now we know why!"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Identification of a Woman is an excrutiatingly empty work. It's also beautiful and sad -- virtually a parody of the director's great L'Avventura and some of his other earlier films."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Antonioni's autumnal ruminating, frank about the role of sex in relationships yet now playful and relaxed in mellow acknowledgement of career-long themes"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"...uneasy and difficult to pin down, like the paranoia of a dream."
‑ Jeremiah Kipp, ToxicUniverse.com
"A lugubrious story."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews