From its beautiful, vibrant aesthetic to its light, playful tone, Pier Paolo Pasolini's Teorema is a thoroughly enjoyable adaption of nine stories from Boccaccio's "Decameron. Exuding a sense of passion for the artistic forum in which he operates, Pasolini's love of the medium is palpable throughout the pleasurable experience, one in which everything from the performances to the tone exude a heightened energy, one which is infectious and hard not to thoroughly enjoy. A mosaic in which life is observed with a whimsical exuberance, Pasoini's film is bifurcated yet convalesces around a theme of unrepentant desire, showcasing the hypocrisy of puritanical society, in which carnal pleasure often breaks free from the chains of the societal structures which attempt to constrain and control humanity through moralism. Aesthetically, the film's use of wide compositions exude this sense of control and magistracy, using the large roman Catholicism structures - the majestic arches so intrinsic to the time period - to evoke an almost omnipresent, overseeing force which enshrouds the characters; an overseeing presence watching over characters who rebel from societal norms. Yet, the film never divulges into mockery, it never features a scathing nature, being more profound and astute due to its ability to explicitly showcase the superficiality of the church and puritanical society as a whole, opting more for snark than malicious intent.
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