Michele kritiserer filmindustrien og dens udøvere, særligt rettet mod en napolitansk instruktør, som laver en musical om 1968 studenter demonstrationerne. Samtidig har Michele en blokering mod at færdiggøre sin film ved navn Freud’s Mother.
Nanni Moretti’s selvundersøgelse ind i filmskabelse, politisk ennui, og mænds relationer med deres mødre. Lyder det genkendeligt? Filmen udvider stærkt de emner, som er blevet behandlet før, i en intime, bekendende stil, rettet mod den moderne stat Italien.
Ma di questo film che gliene importa alla gente comune, semplice, che lavora? A un povero bracciante lucano, a un pastore abbruzzese, a una modesta casalinga di Treviso, che gliene importa di queste tematiche intellettualistiche, solitarie, masturbatorie?
Moretti followed up the success of 'Ecce Bombo' with this navel gazing and fully realized slice of eccentricity and surrealistic wanderings. Moretti plays Michelle a self obsessed filmmaker given to self delusion and immature imaginings equally. The film is often very humorous yet endearingly dramatic in turn. The earliest glimpse of Moretti's brilliance.
35mm, rewatched. There is his intelligent idiosyncrasy, but also the easy way with which criticism is established from real matrices, as in relation to television, for example. The cinephile drifts are, on the other hand, more gratifying, especially Moretti's mr. hyde, that comes from Renoir's "Dr. Cordelier".
Watched this because of 'The Son's Room'. Wildly unpleasant, he can't get out of his own head. It's one thing to complain about the state of moviemaking, and it's another thing to actually do something about it. This doesn't help, and you should never beat up your mother, even if it is fictional.
4.5 - People compare Moretti to Woody Allen, but I think he's more like Vincent Gallo... I like dialogue heavy films, so that wasn't as issue. This feels more fully realised than the other 'Michele' films before it, being an ark for Moretti's insecurities and regrets. Is it all a bad dream? Is it existential? Is he having us on?
It probably helps to have a prior familiarity with Moretti's work but if you do, this is an irresistible delight. Boundless energy, some choice gags and an admirable tendency to send up the pomposity of much political filmmaking (including his own). Very enjoyable stuff.