Manual of Love

Manual of Love (Italian: Manuale d'amore) is a 2005 Italian blockbuster romantic comedy film in four quartets. It was directed by Giovanni Veronesi, who made two sequels, Manuale d'amore 2 – Capitoli successivi in 2007, and Manuale d'amore 3 in 2011.

Manual of Love
Italian poster
Directed byGiovanni Veronesi
Produced byAurelio De Laurentiis
Written byVincenzo Cerami
Ugo Chiti
Giovanni Veronesi
StarringSilvio Muccino
Carlo Verdone
Margherita Buy
Jasmine Trinca
Sergio Rubini
Luciana Littizzetto
Music byPaolo Buonvino
CinematographyGiovanni Canevari
Edited byClaudio Di Mauro
Release date
March 18, 2005 (2005-03-18)
Running time
116 min


Each of the four episodes follows a different couple, focusing on a particular stage of a typical love relationship:

  • Innamoramento (falling in love): Giulia and Tommaso (Jasmine Trinca and Silvio Muccino) meet and fall in love;
  • Crisi (crisis): Barbara and Marco (Margherita Buy and Sergio Rubini) are a couple going through a crisis, close to divorce;
  • Tradimento (cheating): A traffic police woman named Ornella (Luciana Littizzetto) is cheated on by her husband and takes revenge;
  • Abbandono (break-up): Goffredo (Carlo Verdone) is a rich doctor abandoned by his wife.

The characters in the movie are all related in one way or another, and each transition brings background characters from a previous episode to be the protagonists of the next episode. The film is set in Rome.



  • 2 Nastro d'Argento: Best Supporting Actor (Carlo Verdone), Best Screenplay.
  • 2 David di Donatello Best Supporting Actor (Carlo Verdone), Best Supporting Actress (Margherita Buy).

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