Movie review: ‘Italian Studies’ an examination of subjectivity, memory

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Alina (Vanessa Kirby) enters the warm embrace of a party on the arm of her dashing husband. A young woman watches her carefully from the corner, and later, when Alina bums a cigarette from her, she’ll ask Alina, “do you remember me?” Alina doesn’t. It’s the first of many lapses in memory that mark the elliptical, lyrical “Italian Studies,” written and directed by Adam Leon. “Was it when I lost my dog?” Alina asks, and out of the fog of memory, a flashback crystalizes. The narrative gives way to another time in another place, New York City. Alina walks her dog to a hardware store, and when she’…

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