Formulaic ‘Me and You’ is persistently off-key

Few living directors have a filmography that can touch Bernardo Bertolucci’s: “The Conformist,” “Last Tango in Paris,” “The Last Emperor.” A back injury has sidelined him for years; Bertolucci directed this primarily one-set, two-character film from a wheelchair.

Lorenzo (Jacopo Olmo Antinori), a pimpled, asocial 14-year-old who skips a class ski trip to hide out for a week in the basement of his parents’ building. There he subsists on junk food and tends an ant farm, until along comes his 25-year-old half-sister Olivia (Tea Falco) — a beautiful junkie who’s about to go cold turkey.

It’s a tender film with great affection for these two souls; but it’s also slight and formulaic, with persistent off-key notes, like the...

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Jun 30th 2014
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