Michele Apicella is a neurotic young man dealing with family issues that sometimes center around his disillusioned mother. He’s also often flanked by friends, with whom he discusses and reacts to the issues of the day. He tries to find purpose for his life and some sort of adventure.
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The second part of "the triptych": this film seems to be more focused on the void of existence, looking for a purpose, ego(ism), loneliness, and (again) complex relationships with women. Apart from that, the film also relates to the media, politics, family interactions. Set in the 70s - a fascinating period of time, that gives the film a lot of interesting vibes, magnified by the cunning use of clever deadpan humour.
This is more like it. Moretti's entourage is more familiar and likeable this time around. Somehow the huge cast of characters are all relevant to a bittersweet (and slightly psychoanalytical) story of existential angst and egotistic loneliness. It's a lot of fun watching them all just talk, even when it's intended to be farce.