“Bianca Come il Latte Rossa Come il Sangue” (2013)

Rating: NR
Genre: Drama
Directed By: Giacomo Campiotti
Written By: Alessandro D'Avenia, Fabio Bonifacci
Runtime: 94 minutes
Studio: RAI Cinema

Set in the Italian city of Turin, a Roman boy loses his mind for a red-haired girl with leukaemia. He will stop at nothing to make her fall in love with him and save her life.

I really enjoyed this film. The characters were very likable. It involved your typical teen angst. Boy likes girl, girl not returning the feelings so much. Of course, this comes with a twist that the girl in question is soon dying.

The film has some poignant moments. Dialogue and points that could have come off somewhat clichéd or overdone in another film, are not so here. Even the boy pining after the girl doesn’t feel too unoriginal, although perhaps a bit over-stressed in parts. Then there are some moments to crack a smile. The relationship between the lead and his teacher is one that stands out above the others for me. The character of the teacher was amusing and the classroom scenes are some of the better ones in the film.

A bit predictable, yes, but if you don’t mind subtitles I would recommend giving this a watch.