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That's more amoré! Writer-director Giuseppe Tornatore has replaced 48 minutes of footage in his autobiographical Oscar winner for Best Foreign Film (1989), a tribute to the love of movies and, well, love. For the first time in 30 years, an acclaimed film director (Jacques Perrin) returns to the small Italian village where he grew up. Revisiting the bittersweet past, he reconnects with poignant memories of his youth--as a precocious, movie-loving kid who develops a friendship with a crusty but kind-hearted film projectionist (Philippe Noiret), and then as a lovesick teenager who courts a blond beauty (Brigitte Fossey).
Most of the added footage reveals what happened to Perrin's lifelong love as he meets up with Fossey for the first time since their adolescent romance. Even if the exploration of their missed opportunities feels slightly expository, their reconnection deepens the film's resonance of longing and regret. A prime cut.