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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 on set. 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.

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Mia madre Directed by Nanni Moretti
The drama of the film is the drama of attempting to make a film while facing life—and of attempting to live something like a normal life while making a movie. Moretti leaps beyond the mere daily practicalities of Margherita’s life, filling the movie with Margherita’s memories, fantasies, and musings. He 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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Barry—the buffoonish foil of the film set, equally endearing and annoying—ends up coming across as a more complex and conflicted personality than Margherita, the gender-swapped writer-director stand-in who’s in every scene. Maybe it’s because the droll, bearded Moretti—who plays a smaller role here as Margherita’s brother, Giovanni—is the best fit for his own brand of pokey neurosis. But even with a weak center, Mia Madre manages its share of grace notes.
August 25, 2016
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Mr. Moretti, who has a supporting role as Margherita’s brother, plays with different performance styles throughout “Mia Madre,” with Ms. Lazzarini delivering a minimalist, naturalistic turn that pulls you in and Mr. Turturro going gloriously large and loud in a performance that seems calibrated to remind you that you’re watching a movie.
August 25, 2016
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