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Throw a coin into the Trevi fountain and you will come back to Rome I was told on my first visit to Roma aka Rome. I so badly wanted to come back and see this city with my wife that I wished hard and threw the coin. After a few months something magical happened. I won a free trip for two to Italy which included Rome. In my limited travel experience this is the only international city I have visited twice so yes, I am biased to Rome and I am biased to Italy.
Woody Allens To Rome with love is filled with some magical stories that are quirky, strange and some hard to believe. It is made up of four short stories strung together. One starring Jesse Eisenberg and Ellen Page falling for each other while touring Rome. One has Roberto Benigni as a common man who one day finds himself becoming famous but he doesnt know why. Third is about a newlywed couple Antonio (Alessandro Tiberi) and Mily (Alessandra Mastronardi) who land up in Rome and how a loss of phone and a knock on the door sets them off on a mini adventure ride. The fourth one stars Woody Allen who discovers a singer who can sing opera only when he is in the bathroom.
Fame/Celebrity is a theme that runs through all the stories whereas the title suggested that it would be mostly romantic stories. Out of all the stories my favorite was the one featuring Alessandra Mastronardi who is also the most beautiful face in the film. Most of the stories are predictable and the one featuring Roberto Benigni gets repetitive but what saves the film is the beautiful cinematography by Darius Khondji, the cast and the humor. At times I found myself looking at the names of the cafes and locations instead of focusing on the film. The humor is insanely funny & it will make you forget the weak writing. Woody Allen has got the perfect ensemble cast that fits in right against the backdrop of the city.
Word of mouth To Rome with love will make you gorge on some Italian food after it is over.