Posted: 11/15/2010


Come Undone

by Elaine Hegwood Bowen

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Come Undone is a good movie about a woman who already lives with her true love, or so she thinks, until she finds what she thinks is love with another man, who is married and has children. The woman, Anna, is an insurance agent and just so happens to make acquaintance with a restaurant delivery worker when he brings food for an office function to her place of employment.

The man, Domenico, leaves his card with Anna, and she actually thinks about calling him one day during a boring time at work. Her lovable mate named Alessio is all that for which a woman could ask. He’s cuddly, good with his hands, well read and attentive. But this is just not enough for Anna. The couple has just enjoyed the birth of Anna’s niece, and all seems to be going well—so well that they are actually discussing having a baby. Anna agrees to discontinue birth control pills, until she takes up with Domenico.

The two quickly fall into a heated affair, based on secret meetings, stolen caresses, cell phone fights and endless lies. Anna’s increasingly distant behavior goes unnoticed by Alessio, while Domenico’s wife becomes steadily more suspicious of her husband. As the two lovers begin to fall deeper under the spell of passion, they are faced with a life-changing choice which neither is entirely prepared to make.

Of course, Anna falls much deeper than Domenico, making up alibis more and more for her boyfriend, with Domenico using a Wednesday night swim class as his cover, until his wife sort of gets a clue that something is amiss. She wants to bring the daughter to the swimming pool to see her father in action, and lo and behold, Anna has also shown up to check out the wife.

Domenico is upset by this intrusion and tries to call it off with Anna, much to her displeasure. After they reconcile, things continue to fall further apart, with Anna wanting more and Domenico stringing her along, even though they both fully know that life can’t change much from the way things are.

Finally, the two go on an out-of-town trip, to see just where they can take this romance. Unfortunately, Anna has purged her soul to Alessio, while Domenico admits that he isn’t sure about leaving his wife and family. He pleads that it’s not an easy decision.

Come Undone was good viewing, with me not really rooting for either of the lovers, considering they both ventured into shaky waters, when they decided to start an illicit, cheating relationship.

The short, animated German film that was included on the DVD, 12 Years, presents a romantic take on the predicament of two canines, which although not human, seem to face the same issues of their two-legged human counterparts.

Come Undone is set in Italy and was the Official Selection of the 2010 Berlin International Film Festival. It is available on DVD from Film Movement. For more information, visit

Elaine Hegwood Bowen is an editor, writer and film critic in Chicago.

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