6.6/10
940
9 user 37 critic

Sapience (2014)

La Sapienza (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 24 November 2014 (Italy)
Trailer
1:43 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $3.99 on Prime Video

At the height of his career, Alexandre decides to set off for Italy with the idea of completing of a book on Borromini. Along with his wife Alienor feels her relationship with Alexandre is ... See full summary »

Director:

Eugène Green

Writer:

Eugène Green
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A discontented Parisian teenager in search of a father with (Mathieu Amalric) and (Fabrizio Rongione) as his, respectively, callous and gentle alternative paternal options, and (Natacha Régnier) as his single mother.

Director: Eugène Green
Stars: Victor Ezenfis, Natacha Régnier, Fabrizio Rongione
Fantasy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An ogre keeps in his castle two children, whom he intends to eat. A knight and his companion will try to save them, and will be assisted by the ogre's wife, who thus will also get rid of her husband. A medieval story in contemporary settings.

Director: Eugène Green
Stars: Christelle Prot, Alexis Loret, Adrien Michaux
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
Director: Eugène Green
Stars: Fitzgerald Berthon, Hélène Gratet, Arnaud Vrech
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Paris in the seventies. A depressed graduate student hears music that will change his life; he becomes fascinated by the singer.

Director: Eugène Green
Stars: Adrien Michaux, Natacha Régnier, Alexis Loret
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A young French actress in Lisbon to shoot a movie is intrigued by a nun she sees kneeling in the chapel where she is filming.

Director: Eugène Green
Stars: Leonor Baldaque, Francisco Mozos, Diogo Dória
Short | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

During the 20's, at the request of one of his employers, the poet Fernando Pessoa conceives an advertising slogan for the drink Coca-Louca, which panics the authoritarian government of that time.

Director: Eugène Green
Stars: Carloto Cotta, Manuel Mozos, Diogo Dória
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

The countenance of Joseba Sarrionandia is multi-faceted, not only for having dabbled in all literary forms of expression, but for having been capable of creating his own imagery, composed ... See full summary »

Directors: Oskar Alegria, Asier Altuna, and 9 more credits »
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Re-adapting the themes of first love, the intoxication of desire, and failed ideological revolution to the May 68 generation through a chronicle of the parallel lives of a pair of childhood friends: pragmatic Henri and idealistic Jules.

Director: Eugène Green
Stars: Alexis Loret, Adrien Michaux, Christelle Prot
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A documentary filmmaker in Cairo is having difficulty finishing his film, so his friends send him footage from the cities they live in: Baghdad, Beirut, and Berlin.

Director: Tamer El Said
Stars: Khalid Abdalla, Laila Samy, Hanan Youssef
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Documentary about the mysteries of the idiosyncratic Basque world shaped by words. "Making the word" speaks of how one lives according to the language spoken, a language that traces an ... See full summary »

Director: Eugène Green
Stars: Ugaitz Aguirre, Nora Arbelbide Lete, Jamixel Bereau
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

This documentary illustrates how the participation of women in open urban spaces is marked by insecurity and harassment, explores the public space as a place of violence and analyzes how ... See full summary »

Directors: Fernanda Frazão, Amanda Kamancheck
Stars: Raquel Braga S. Carvalho, Teresa Chaves, Rosa Cruz
Peace I (2010)
Documentary | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

What is peace? What is coexistence? And what are the basis for them? PEACE is a visual-essay-like observational documentary, which contemplates these questions by observing the daily lives ... See full summary »

Director: Kazuhiro Sôda
Stars: Shiro Hashimoto, Hiroko Kashiwagi, Toshio Kashiwagi
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fabrizio Rongione ... Alexandre Schmidt
Christelle Prot Christelle Prot ... Aliénor Schmidt (as Christelle Prot Landman)
Ludovico Succio ... Goffredo
Arianna Nastro Arianna Nastro ... Lavinia
Hervé Compagne Hervé Compagne ... Ministre
Sabine Ponte Sabine Ponte ... Isabelle
Gilles Tonnelé Gilles Tonnelé ... Président du Conseil
Nathalie Chazeau Nathalie Chazeau ... Femme au téléphone
Irene Fittabile Irene Fittabile ... La mère
Michele Franco Michele Franco ... Concierge de la Sapienza
Jon Firman Jon Firman ... L'Australien
Mario Bois Mario Bois ... Le réceptionniste
Clément Cogitore Clément Cogitore ... André
Chiara Malta Chiara Malta ... Maria Rosaria Vittori
Sébastien Laudenbach Sébastien Laudenbach ... Thomas Gridaine
Edit

Storyline

At the height of his career, Alexandre decides to set off for Italy with the idea of completing of a book on Borromini. Along with his wife Alienor feels her relationship with Alexandre is gradually slipping away. Along the way they meet siblings Goffredo and Lavinia. Gofffredo is about to embark in architectural studies. A story of rediscover the joys of life and overcoming anxiety. Written by TV

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official site [France]

Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | Italian | English

Release Date:

24 November 2014 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Licht der Weisheit See more »

Edit

Box Office

Gross USA:

$135,392

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$135,392
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Aliénor Schmidt: Ridding ourselves of the useless is perhaps the most difficult thing.
See more »

Soundtracks

Magnificat à 6 voix: des Vepres de la Vierge (
Magnificat", "Fecit potentiam", "Deposuit potentes", "Esurientes", Suscepit Israel")
Composed by Claudio Monteverdi
Performed by Concerto Italiano featuring Anna Simboli (soprano), Gianluca Ferrarini (alto), Raffaele Giordani (tenor), Matteo Bellotto (baritone),
Monica Piccinini (soprano), Andrea Arrivabene (alto), Luca Dordolo (tenor), Salvo Vitale (baritone)
Directed by Rinaldo Alessandrini
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Light and lyrical--perfect for cinephiles and those loving love.
18 June 2015 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

Love is difficult enough in any language and art form, so layer a French film in a Swiss-Italian setting (Ticino is in southern Switzerland) with an architecture motif, and you have an insight into what makes it all work—light. La Sapienza will indeed make you wise if it doesn't confound you with its arty dialogue.

Most of the screenplay is poignantly presented with slow theatricality, sometimes as if the characters were in a documentary talking directly into the camera. But American-French writer-director Eugene Green brings powerful emotions out of his four principals even when they speak without an ounce of naturalism. Love is in the words aided by the light.

The middle-aged architect, Alexandre (Fabrizio Rongione) is visiting Ticino to study the work of 17th century Baroque architect Francesco Borromini and to be inspired. The charming Bernini would have been a better inspiration than the melancholic Borromini, but, hey, our architect captures a good vibe no matter.

His wife, Alienore (Christelle Prot), a group psychoanalyst, loves the introverted scholar even dispelling the overtures of a very young architect, Goffredo (Ludovico Succio), the purveyor of the light philosophy to her and her husband. Completing the foursome is Goffredo's pre-Raphaelite-like sister, Lavinia (Arianna Nastro), who gives Alienore more strength to love and live than she already has.

Architecture becomes more than enveloping space as it provides the angle of light to incite true love. Unsurprisingly, the loving brother and sister (close to too loving) have much to teach about the purity of love and the love of architecture. La Sapienza is a moving tone poem, albeit eccentric in dialogue and light on conflict.

In contrast with Noah Baumbach's comedy, While We're Young, which has a younger couple confounding the adults, La Sapienza is witty and accessible, entertaining and underplayed. A wise summer choice in a spectacular but droll European setting. Light even if it sounds heavy under my keystrokes.


13 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 9 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed