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967 Ratings

Mia madre

Directed by Nanni Moretti
Italy, France, 2015


Margherita is a director shooting a film with the famous American actor Barry Huggins, who is quite a character. Away from the set, Margherita tries to hold her life together while feeling powerless when facing her mother’s illness and her daughter’s adolescence.

Our take

Working slightly outside of his usual autobiographical mode, Nanni Moretti (The Son’s Room) still draws on personal experience for Mia Madre. A scene-stealing John Turturro stars in this tragicomic story about love, death, and filmmaking—with a soundtrack featuring Arvo Pärt and Jarvis Cocker!

Mia madre Directed by Nanni Moretti
Moretti slips gracefully in and out of time frames and reality frames and rendering her dreams with an insinuatingly quiet power that’s amplified by their unexaggerated practical naturalism.
August 28, 2016
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Tender, surprising, daringly constructed on a rigorous alternation of dramatic and comedic scenes, and always finding moments of absolute grace in even the most crushing situations.
November 23, 2015
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Mia Madre is a sharp, sobering, fitfully funny and surprising film about the sadness of losing a loved one, the jolting realization that death is not coming someday but now, and the fragility of existence itself.
July 01, 2015
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