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One Last Kiss Review

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When his girlfriend, Giulia, falls pregnant, Carlo fears for a passionless future and seeks excitement in the arms of 18 year-old Francesca.

★★★★★

This Italian award-winner is a very well-crafted but not entirely successful foray into the love lives of a group of twentysomethings. When his girlfriend, Giulia (Mezzogiorno), falls pregnant, Carlo (Accorsi) fears for a passionless future and seeks excitement in the arms of 18 year-old Francesca (Martina Stella).

His friends are no less afraid of commitment and long to escape the responsibilities associated with adulthood. The film's flaw is that it fails to generate any empathy for these men who are inherently unlikeable, self-obsessed and immature. But this is very much an ensemble piece, and so it falls to the peripheral characters to win us over: the wives, girlfriends and family members.

Ultimately, The Last Kiss is insightful and engaging, even though it lacks some of the emotional punch it clearly sets out to deliver.