The Solitude of Prime Numbers (2010) MIFF Film Review


The Solitude of Prime Numbers follows the lives of two characters, Mattia and Alice, through significant times in their lives. Both have childhood trauma and both have remained friends for a long time. I feel like I cannot explain much of the plot because I am somewhat confused about it. But, like several other films I have seen in MIFF, I don’t need to understand it to like it.

The characters are generally quite unlikable. The two main characters are awkward and, at times, self-destructive. The families are horrible and I don’t want to get started on the other kids at school. The stories are not well explained, and when the traumas are revealed, it is in a very melodramatic and over-the-top fashion that would normally have me yelling at the screen ‘I get it! Move on!’ but instead I was compelled to keep watching.

I think what kept me going was the story. I knew that these two were damaged and I learnt how, and I wanted to see them get past it somehow, whilst knowing that they possibly wouldn’t. In the MIFF guide, it mentions that this film is an adaptation of a best-selling novel of the same name, and I am inspired to track this down and read it.

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