Why I love this movie: I particularly am enamored with this movie because it has zero Hollywood influence or flavor. Nothing is easy or wrapped up to satisfy test audiences. Life is messy and this movie shows how an entire family can sleepwalk their way into being lost to themselves and each other. It showcases how many Italians fight and love so vocally and viscerally. These people are desperately searching for grounding and for what might re-ignite their best selves. The journey in this movie is bumpy, and don’t expect a tidy landing!
Last, and certainly not least. I adore the lead actress, Laura Morante. We had the good fortune to see her on stage in Venice. AND, this movie features Monica Bellucci, an Umbria native and, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful woman on earth (she was a “mature” Bond girl a few years ago!).
Synopsis: “At first glance, the Ristuccia family is apparently normal and close-knit, but all of its members are hiding something. Carlo, the head of the family, would like to become a writer rather than continue working in an insurance company. Giulia, his wife, is a school teacher who aspires to become an actress. Paolo is an insecure teenager who cannot successfully assert himself in front of girls whom he likes. Valentina desires to become a television showgirl at any cost. This silence is broken when Carlo meets his old love Alessia, with whom he starts an extra-marital affair. As a result, he almost ruins the family balance although Giulia tries to save the marriage.” – Wikipedia