One of the most awaited superstars at the ongoing Venice film festival, American actor Al Pacino was a solitary man who approaches the possibility of new love in a movie presented here in the competition section.
Manglehorn by American director David Gordon Green is about a man, reclusive small town locksmith Angelo Manglehorn, who gave up the love of his life and now he regrets it as the world kind of crumbles in front of him.
He feels closer to his beloved cat than the people around him and prefers to find comfort in his work and daily routine. As this solitary man approaches the possibility of new love, he finds himself at a crossroads between remaining consumed by the past and embracing the present.
But above and beyond any narrative concept, it was Al Pacino and his exploration of a character trying to put his pieces together in the most intimate sense, cinema experts told Xinhua after watching Manglehorn.
"The film completely rested on Al Pacino. I found it a good work, although not an easy one for a general audience, being centered on loneliness and depression," Paolo Fiorelli, a journalist of Italy's leading weekly TV Sorrisi e Canzoni, which reports entertainment news, said.
"I especially appreciated the movingly humanistic portrait of this man rendered by Al Pacino," a cinema expert from France, Arbel Solange, told Xinhua commenting on the film.
The 74-year-old Oscar winner also was in the festival's Out of Competition selection with another film, The Humbling, by American director Barry Levinson, an adaptation of Philip Roth's penultimate novel in which an actor prepares to face the final curtain of his career.