Don't Move - Movie Synopsis & Plot
A rainy day. When a car fails to stop at a red light, a fifteen-year old girl is thrown off her motorbike. The ambulance races towards a hospital - the same hospital where the girl's father works as a surgeon. Timoteo (Castellitto) waits as his colleagues perform surgery on his only daughter. Trembling and distressed beyond containment, he calls his wife, Elsa (Gerini) to return from a trip to England. He stares out the window. The sight of a strange woman, just sitting alone in the pouring rain, triggers a series of flashbacks. The longest and most haunting of these is a scorching summer of many years earlier in a squalid, semi-abandoned urban wasteland where he met a destitute young woman, Italia (Cruz), with whom he had a powerful and visceral love affair.
Timoteo met Italia when his car broke down and she offered to let him use her phone. He is overwhelmed by her earthy sensuality, and whether it is the heat, the vodka, or a desire to flee the bourgeois comfort that defines his life, he gives in to his deepest instincts and takes Italia by force. Over time he visits her more and more frequently, and what begins as unquenchable lust, soon develops into genuine intimacy and passionate love for both of them.
In perhaps the most existentially drawn sexual drama since "Last Tango in Paris," "Don't Move" is a grown-up, real life love story between two desperate people told from the point of view of a sensitive, angst-ridden male soul in mid-life crisis and a wretchedly poor and lonely woman who has never experienced real love in her life.