The pleasant life of middle-aged Agata (Licia Maglietta) — owner of the most popular bookstore in town — is turned topsy-turvy when she begins an uncertain affair with a man 13 years her junior (Claudio Santamaria). Meanwhile, life is equally turbulent for her brother, Gustavo (Emilio Solfrizzi), who discovers he was adopted and sets off to find his biological brother (Giuseppe Battiston) — a married traveling salesman with a roving eye.
After enrolling at Milan University to study political science, at the age of 21 Silvio Soldini abandoned his studies and travelled to New York to enrol in a cinema course. After making several short films (including “Drimage” in 1982), he returned to Milan and filmed "Paesaggio con figure” (1983), his first 16 mm medium-length feature film, which he presented at a number of festivals including Locarno and Bellaria. Meanwhile, together with other cinema buffs (including Luca Bigazzi, who subsequently became the director of photography on all his films), he founded the Bilicofilm production company. His directorial debut came with the well-made female portrait “Giulia in ottobre” (1985), a medium-length film that won first prize at Bellaria; between 1985 and 1989 he concentrated on a number of independent films, shown only in art house cinemas or on the small screen (for example, the intense “Antonio e Cleo”, a segment of “Provvisorio, quasi d’amore”). With “The peaceful air of the West… read more