The movie deals with the story of a 40-year-old woman, a film director, who is separating by her partner Vittorio, an actor. They have a daughter together, Livia. The movie will focus on the life of this family after the mother hospitalization in serious conditions.
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Although sometimes too aesthetically condescending, there is still a notion of unity in each scene, so crucial in Moretti's films, through an almost-dialectical editing process: daughter and mother, sister and brother, solitude and companionship, laughs and tears, gaining and losing…This agreement of opposites is, somehow, what turns this small melodrama into a compassionate statement on love, life and death.
As "Aprile" and especially "La Stanza del Figlio", there is some formal (im)passivity that limits my adherence to the film, due to its academic characteristics. However, its dimension, let's call it "human", is so strong in dramaturgical terms that i'm not indifferent to it. In addition, the imaginary sequence of the queue at the cinema is magnificent, as well the awakening of the protagonist in a flooded home.
A thoughtful chamber piece that engages whilst you're there, but doesn't tend to linger in the mind afterwards with notions of reality a little too heavily made. The compromises of family life are however sensitively captured although Torturro's semi-light relief is a distraction from the more pressing familial concerns.
A film of great sensitivity and understanding of the nuances that amount to suffering. Moretti likes to overstate the intention of the mundane, which builds, little by little, to an unfathomable sense of cleansing. Mia Madre is not the Italian filmmaker’s best film but it is one of his most introspective.
I liked it, but I didn't love it. Margherita Buy was wonderful and owned her role. John Tuturro's was funny but not THAT funny and seemed a little forced in an otherwise pretty depressing film about a terrible, but natural, situation. The moments that tricked you, with dreams and thoughts, were a nice touch, but when the moment finally came, it wasn't as strong as I would have wished. Perfect final scene, though.