Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You
Directed by Roberto Faenza
BASED ON THE NOVEL by Peter Cameron, the movie Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You is a curious hybrid of international film financing and American “indie” narrative style. The story deals with a teenage boy from the hip urban haute bourgeoisie living somewhere in Manhattan or Brooklyn’s chic bohemia, but the film was directed by an Italian, Roberto Faenza, who also co-wrote the screenplay. The result is an odd Italian-American hybrid production. While the location shoot is authentic, the visual atmosphere lacks the aura of a “New York film” film à la Martin Scorsese or Woody Allen. With the exception of a few fleeting scenes, Faenza’s New York might as well be set in Toronto.