Cinema: A Long Engagement

The Fiancés, tight-lipped and unhappy, sit side by side on hard-bottom chairs and look anywhere but at each other. Engaged for several years, they have recently been drifting apart. Now he wants to run off to Sicily and take a better job. She is sure that if he goes he will never come back, and he is secretly inclined to agree.

They are both wrong. In the second of his films to be shown in the U.S., Italy's Ermanno Olmi (The Sound of Trumpets) tells a gentle and touching story of how distance lends enchantment to a love that had lost its...

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