[CIFF Capsule Review] Miele

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Director: Valeria Golino
Country: Italy

Release Date: October 15, 2013 (CIFF)

Miele is a young woman who delivers assisted suicides for families whose loved ones want to dictate how they die rather than succumb to the prolonged process of death. When she’s assigned to assist a wealthy, physically healthy man, she has a change of morality and does what she can to prevent the man from killing himself. Will she be able to deal with the moral conflict the assignment presents while she deals with her own personal problems?

I was expecting Miele to be this cerebral character study analyzing the conscience of a young woman who essentially kills people for a living. The problem with going into films with expectations is that, nine times out of 10, those expectations are never met. Miele did touch upon the psychology conflicting the protagonist’s mind, but also muddies it all up with a sexual affair she has as a means of balancing her “professional” life with her “personal” life. What results is a film that feels like it’s attempting to do and say too much in a limited space.

Score: RH scoreRH scoreRH scoreRH scoreRH score 5 out of 10

Geoff Henao

Geoff Henao is a writer/kinda photographer affiliated with the Chicago collective LOD. His interests include film, punk rock, cute girls, graphic novels, video games, and the Chicago Bulls. He's funny sometimes.

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