The Tearsmith (2024) – A Netflix Film. Review: A classic love story with a nineteenth-century flavor… but undeniably contemporary

The Tearsmith
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The Tearsmith is a 2024 romantic movie on Netflix directed by Alessandro Genovesi starring Caterina Ferioli and Simone Baldasseroni.

This is a story brimming with romance, sentiment, and passion, distinctly crafted for teenagers. It’s a unique style, which we foresee, will be a massive hit among the younger, love-struck audience.

It’s got it all, a mix that fuses a nineteenth-century backdrop set in the present day.
Just to be clear: this movie is particularly designed for youths.

The Tearsmith
The Tearsmith


In a world where nobody could cry, there existed an artisan who could give crystal tears to a world devoid of emotions.

After an accident, Nika ends up orphaned as a child, raised in an orphanage. Upon reaching adolescence, a family adopts her along with another boy, quite mysterious with a special musical talent.

About the Movie

Yes, it’s targeted at youths, but it’s stylish, especially aesthetically. It masters the photographic composition, creating a strong atmosphere akin to a nineteenth-century tale in the style of Henry James, while still incorporating all the elements to be utterly modern.

And we reiterate: it’s simultaneously classic.

Make no mistake: it’s a teen love story, full of passion, discovery, strength, and loss of innocence. It’s laden with flashbacks that narrate the story of the two youngsters and how they met.

“The Tearsmith” is a story that goes straight to the heart: you can either love it or switch off within the first five minutes since it requires an emotionally intense day to watch it. If you’re intending to watch it cerebrally, run for it, because this is a film that, albeit aesthetically and thematically smart, strikes at the heart more than the intellect.

It does catch your attention, indeed, and it doesn’t just offer us a typical high school movie for teens, even though it has a lot of that. It’s mainly original combining eras and achieving a modernized classicism and a story close to Wuthering Heights.

It neither possesses a convoluted script nor a complex story: it’s simple in its concept, intending to guide the viewer through a more poetic plane than a narrative one, a more introspective plane than a reflective one.

At its core, it’s still a film for teenagers, but that doesn’t mean that films for teenagers can’t be sophisticated, have good cinematic shots, and respect for classicism.

“The Tearsmith” is a film that is very chic in its aesthetics which, even being almost exclusively for youths, accomplishes all its goals with flair and even ingenuity.

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