Remember that Bananarama song from the 80s that went something like “Robert De Niro’s waiting, talking Italian”? Well, he really does talk Italian in The Ages of Love, the third installment of Giovanni Veronesi’s comedy Manuale d’amore, De Niro plays an American college professor who moves to Rome and, of course, rediscovers the joys of love with a curvacious woman, played by Monica Bellucci.
An anthology of love stories, Manuale d’amore came out in 2006, followed by Manuale d’Amore 2 (Capitoli Successivi) the following year. With de Niro in the case, here’s to hoping that the film will make it to screen Stateside. It was released in Italy on February 25 and will hit French theaters on June 15. Hit the jump to read the synopsis and check out some photos and teasers.
Three stories about love at different ages: Youth, Maturity and the Age of Reason.
YOUTH starring Riccardo Scamarcio and Laura Chiatti. Roberto is a young and ambitious lawyer who is going to marry Sara. His whole life is perfectly planned out. During a expropriation which he is in charge of, he meets Micol, a gorgeous and provocative young woman from a small village in Tuscany. This is when things start to get complicated…
MATURITY starring Carlo Verdone and Donatella Finocchiaro.
Fabio, a famous anchorman, has been the perfect husband for 25 years. At a party one night, he meets Eliana, a femme fatale full of surprises. This one-night stand proves to be more than what he bargained for when she refuses to leave…
THE AGE OF REASON starring Robert De Niro, Monica Bellucci and Michele Placido.
Adrian is an American art history professor who moved to Rome after his divorce. He’s friends with Augusto, the building’s concierge, whose ebullient daughter Viola is about to disrupt his peaceful existence and relight his fire…
De Niro has great comedic timing. In one of the clips, he decides to go for a morning run to impress his love interest. Her father says to De Niro: “You’re exhausted when you walk up three steps and you’re going jogging when it’s 40 degrees (104 Fahrenheit)?”
De Niro quips: “Forty degrees, that’s nothing compared to the hell that was Vietnam. See ya later.” Watch the rest below, along with three other clips, courtesy of Allociné:
Clip 1: “The Race” – Roberto (Riccardo Scamarcio) and Micol (Laura Chiatti) decide to race in the middle of a Tuscan village.
Clip 2: “La moumoute” – Eliana (Donatella Finocchiaro) pulls off Fabio’s (Carlo Verdone).