Based on the novel of the same name by Peter Cameron, Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You is a delicate, feeling portrait of contemporary New York as seen through the eyes of teenage James (Toby Regbo, previously seen in Mr. Nobody). James’ identity crisis concerns his sexuality and his dysfunctional family. His mother Marjorie (Oscar®-winning Marcia Gay Harden, exhibits trash cans at her art gallery and collects husbands, the third of whom, a compulsive gambler (Stephen Lang) dumped her on their honeymoon. His father Paul (Peter Gallagher) dates women who could be his daughters, while his sister Gillian (Deborah Ann Woll) goes out with men twice her age. Only Nanette (Oscar®-winning Ellen Burstyn), James’ non-conformist grandmother, understands why her teenage son feels lost. James is sent to start therapy with a life coach (Lucy Liu), a rather unconventional psychotherapist, who gives James some real guidance. The boy ends up asking himself a question that begs an answer: if I’m a misfit, what do you call everyone else? Co-produced by Oscar®-winning costume designer Milena Canonero. –RomaCinemaFest
Roberto Faenza (born February 21, 1943 in Turin, Italy) is an Italian film director. Born in Turin in 1943, Roberto Faenza received a degree in Political Science and a diploma at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia.
He made his directing debut in 1968 with the international success, Escalation, a film that describes the different sides of power through the relationship between a middle-class father and his hippie son. Immediately after that he directed H2S, an angry apology of the 1968 movement, seized two days after its release and not distributed since. Upon this sequestration he travelled to the United States to teach at the Federal City College of Washington DC.
In 1978 he directed Forza Italia!, a ferocious satire on the power of the Italian Christian Democrat party covering thirty years of Italian political history. The film was withdrawn from the theatres on the day Aldo Moro, President of the Christian Democrats, was kidnapped, and remains banned for over… read more
The acting may not be of the greatest, and the adaptation is far from perfect, but the film is still quite enjoyable. And since I have two 85+ and 90+ grannies, who I can't see as often as I'd like, the end really got me.