Opening in an austere, bourgeois world with mournful music and Gordon Willis lighting, you might think Monicelli pulled a fast one and made a straight drama. But then the younger generation invades, and comedy flowers with a melancholy undertow. This is a series of lives all united by an absence. Best: it rekindles Monicelli's love of people who'll never have their lives together. Nice digs at the intelligentsia too.