Online Preview: Newton’s First Law
Physics applied to life and a last chance to take, because it is never too late to find love.
“When viewed in an inertial reference frame, an object either remains at rest or continues to move at a constant velocity, unless acted upon by an external force.”: this is Newton’s First Law, which in addition to giving the title to this short, also serves as “symbolic pivot” to which the whole story revolves around. It’ll take an “external force” to change the course of two lives abandoned to inertia that grew apart in two different directions: it is a matter of physics. The two protagonists have arrived to the third age full of regrets: she married a man just because he had the courage to come up and ask, while he remained motionless watching the love of his life going away. A funeral, and the providential intrusion of a friend who decides to take action and arrange an unexpected meeting, will change everything.
The theme of love is faced with an honest look that leaves no room for cheap sentimentality: there is a calm approach to the relationship between the two young lovers, with both lighter and solmen tones, never reaching the pathetic. There is also a certain courage in showing – with a delicate touch and respect – an intimate scene between the two “elderls”, in an historical period so obsessed with youth and perfection. Stylistically captivating, the short has a bright and soft photography with a series of long shots in which the human figures seem to get lost within the imposing architectural spaces. These shots seem to emphasize the stillness of the characters in front of a life that has overwhelmed them. The use of music is also interesting: merry songs temper even the saddest moments.
Director Piero Messina is one of the young talents of Italian cinema. In 2004 he won the 50th Taormina Film Fest with his his debut short Stidda ca curri. With Terra, his diploma work at the Experimental Cinema Centre, is in competition at Cannes Cinéfondation. Newton’s First Law also produced by the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, was awarded a special mention at the Rome Film Festival in 2012 within the Prospettive Italia section. In 2015 he released his first feature film, L’Attesa (The Waiting), starring French actress Juliette Binoche.
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