A respectable start in directing for Claudia Gerini, who in “Tapirulàn” gives us an intense and witty performance, in this film that tells the story of a woman who actually escapes from her demons (without stepping in). A film that showcases the annoyances of our time on stage, especially in the post-lockdown period, as the thread with the everyday life we’ve come to know seems to be waning more and more.
Every day Emma (Claudia Gerini) gives advice online as she works on her treadmill. He unleashed the lives of others while his stances stood firm. He never leaves the house, nor does he let anyone into his life. But this illusory balance is broken when, after 26 years of silence, her sister storms her castle with an intolerable request, forcing Emma to confront the ghosts of her past.
A movie about children’s illness at this intermittent time
Tapirulàn is a choral narration of different stories and feelings, with the protagonist at the center, a victim of the demons of his own past. Emma literally lives in confinement and runs away permanently; We see her run any time of day on the gigantic treadmill – in an almost prison-like apartment – crystallizing in those four walls as the world walks outside. But Emma’s got a window to interact with the world thanks to her mentoring work online, a virtual space where those who need psychological support or even can talk to someone can do so safely online and remain anonymous. This is how we approach the – problematic – stories of many of the other characters, which intertwine with Emma’s story, making the narrative progress slowly. It presents us with a very wide range of human feelings: from guilt to a sense of loss, from fear of not being accepted to the need for self-affirmation. But not only. There is also a feeling, throughout the film, of isolation and detachment from reality, and the loss of the common thread that should unite us with others, which is that human contact has failed during the two years of the pandemic. Diseases of children in this interrupted time which, in some ways, are not fully understood and understood. As Emma listens to these existential dramas, she tries to silence her voice, runs to produce more endorphins, escapes from a past she doesn’t want to remember, and runs to put as much distance as possible between her and her demons. But at the same time, she does not take a step. We see her trapped like a hamster in a cage, while slowly, thanks to her sister Kiara’s return to her life, the wall Emma has built will begin to show the first cracks.
Trailer for a movie
Claudia Gerini is very good at telling us about Emma through her snaps. The movie may seem static – after all, almost everything happens in an apartment and on the treadmill – and the risks of repeating boring scenes were great. But in fact, the direction works and is already lively and corresponds to the text. Emma’s character is well defined and her pain is shown loud and clear to the viewer. Certainly not an easy task given the dual role, as Gerini herself stated in an interview. Performing ‘Tapirulàn’ and being the protagonist at the same time was a very complicated and daunting task, especially for the first director. The great excitement I felt for
Emma’s character gave me courage, energy and enthusiasm, I was able to experiment and
Create a world inside the home. The biggest challenge was to make the story in the pictures dynamic and lively, as throughout the film Emma remains on an imposing machine, always talking only to her patients/clients through a screen. She tried to make the most of these “hindrances” and these difficulties, trying to move the shots as much as possible and making sure that Emma’s emotional involvement in her patients/clients’ problems was really strong, as well as making her “tangible” his sympathy through his eyes and breath.”
Very stressful conversations
And Emma is not alone in emotionally sharing the pain of her patients. Even the viewer cannot help but sympathize with the characters and their problems. Through their stories, the film accompanies us in what is a breach of balance and a physical and moral revenge for the protagonist. So the basic idea is nice. Not to mention giving up, which in the end would be very stressful. The movie, in fact, lacks a bit of fluidity in the dialogues that seem too artificial. The interaction between Emma and her patients almost seems to be more verbal than emotional, while feelings have to triumph. “Tapirulàn” is still a good movie that definitely has the advantage of offering something different on the big screen.