Film and Plot Synopsis
An American spinster’s dream of romance finally becomes a bittersweet reality when she meets a handsome—but married—Italian man while vacationing in Venice.
‘Summertime’ Movie Summary
One day, in the Piazza San Marco, Jane becomes the object of a swarthy Italian’s gaze. Renato is a thoroughly sensual – slightly married – man, with the ability to tap into Jane’s most repressed desires. “Relax,” he tells her. “When you relax, the world is beautiful.” Thus follows a game of cat and mouse – the cat being Jane’s desire to ‘let loose and live’ and the mouse being Jane’s all-too spinsterish sensibilities.
After running herself into a dead end – literally – Jane finally acknowledges the foolishness of denying from her feelings and welcomes Renato’s advances. After sharing a carefree weekend together, Jane tells Renato that she is leaving Venice and going home. Though Renato insists that he loves and will always love her, Jane knows that “the party is over and it’s time for her to go.” The film ends with the bittersweet arrival of Renato on the train platform. Renato runs after Jane’s departing train, gift in hand, but cannot catch up. He reveals the gift – a gardenia – and holds it high in the air, as Jane tearfully waves goodbye.
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