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Manual of Love

Four love stories from Italy show the love from its beginning to end

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Breezy Italian romantic comedies, those picture postcards of aphorism about amore -- if they're your weakness, you'll likely enjoy this four-pack of loosely connected contemporary vignettes showcasing the four stages of romance. First up in Giovanni Veronesi's film is "Falling in Love," in which two pretty young people spar, zip about Rome on a moped and go joyously into their shared future. In the more bitter "Crisis," a married couple ponders the lost spark (and attend a horrible new-baby party). Her husband's affair sends a feisty meter maid comically reeling in "Betrayed." Lastly and curiously, the "Abandoned" episode may be the most affirming of all. In Italian, with subtitles. Starts Fri., Feb. 8. Regent Square (AH) [capsule review]

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