Quick plot summary: Anna (Lea Massari) goes on a yachting trip with her best friend Claudia (Monica Vitti) and her fiance Sandro (Gabriele Ferzetti). At one point, they get out and spend an afternoon on a virtually deserted island. After they take a nap, they wake up to find Anna has vanished without a trace. When a thorough search of the island and the surrounding area fails to find her, Claudia and Sandro embark on their own search for her. In the process, they fall in love with each other and put their missing friend on the back burner.
I’m not going to lie, this was one of the most excruciatingly boring movies I have ever seen. I was really excited to see L’Avventura because the plot sounded pretty intriguing, but I ended up spending most of the movie fighting to stay awake. I simply did not care at all about the relationship between Claudia and Sandro. When a woman mysteriously vanishes while on a trip, that’s the story I’m interested in. All I got out of this movie is that Anna had a lousy best friend and fiance since they were clearly more interested in themselves than their friend. Wherever Anna went, I sure hope she met some better people there. The most infuriating part about this movie is that it went on for just under two and a half hours. Two and a half hours and we don’t even find out what happened to Anna! I apologize if I ruined the ending for you, but I feel obligated to spare you from sitting through a whole lot of nothing happening. Maybe I would have been more forgiving about this movie if it were, say, an hour and a half long instead. I don’t mind experimental films, but two and a half hours? Really?! The one thing I did like about it is that it had some beautiful cinematography.