Synopsis by Sandra Brennan
Three very odd relationships provide the basis for this thought-provoking Italian anthology that is overseen by director Bernardo Bertolucci. The first tale, "The Blue Dog" centers on a barber who becomes the fixation of a mysteriously devoted dog with an unusual blue spot upon his head. In "Especially on Sunday," a traveler encounters a woman and a man beside a river and offers them a ride. The woman is quite the coquette and she chattily explains that she is visiting her companion, who suffers from a debilitating breakdown. They all stop for lunch and her friend begins telling them a disturbing, surreal tale. The third tale "Snow on the Fire," features a repentant woman who confesses a dark secret to the town priest. It seems the old woman has grown addicted to watching her son make passionate love to his new bride, who knows that she is watching and seems to enjoy it all the more.
agent [representative], aging, barber, birds, boy, brother, bus, church, confession [criminal], countryside, craziness, daughter, disturbance, dog, driver, hearing [sense], help, house, husband, Italy, loneliness, love, medical, meditation, meeting, middle-age, motel, mother, mother-in-law, newlywed, offbeat, offer, overcome, pets, pleasure, priest, regret, relationship, return, river, road, room, search, sex, sexual, shepherd, sister, snow, son, suffering, visit, walking, water, widow/widower, wife, window, woman, youth