Film and Plot Synopsis
Le Notti Bianche is a love triangle, where ghosts of the past invades the people of the present. Mario, a simple but lonely man new in Livorno, Italy. After he chats up a crying woman named Natalia on a bridge, he finds she’s waiting for her lover. He’s been gone for a year, but promised to return, and that year is up. Over the next few nights, Mario hangs out with Natalia as a friend. However, he too falls in love with her, and tries to convince her that this missing man will probably never return.
‘Le Notti Bianche’ Movie Summary
The next night, the overly romantic Natalia tells Mario that she lives with her grandmother, and we learn she’s quite a sheltered girl. She then tells Mario the story of how an unnamed lodger (Jean Marais) rented a room from her grandmother a year ago. While not young, he wasn’t old either, and Natalia immediately fell in love with him. While the lodger requites her love, he says he must leave for a full year before they can be together forever. He promises to return in one year, and meet her at the same bridge Mario met her the previous night.
Unfortunately, this doesn’t stop Mario from falling in love with Natalia too, except he thinks the lodger will never return for her. When Natalia reveals the lodger is in fact back in town, she and Mario write a letter that he will deliver for her. However, Mario tears up the letter once she’s out of his sight, and throws the pieces into the canal below. On the next night, Natalia meets Mario once more, and they spend a fun night together drinking and dancing. Mario reveals he didn’t deliver the letter which Natalie is actually happy about. She doesn’t think the lodger would want to meet her again anyway. She asks Mario to give her some space, and after she gets over her love for the lodger, the two of them can be together.
As Mario walks Natalie home under a snow-filled sky, they come across the lone bridge to find the lodger standing there waiting for Natalie. She screams with delight as Mario reels in pain. Natalie thanks Mario for all his help, and goes off with the lodger. Mario walks off into the snow-capped street alone. A stray dog greets him as the film comes to a close.