Pietro suddenly finds himself a widower with a young daughter to raise. Emotionally unable to come to terms with his wife’s death, he drops everything and spends his days waiting for his daughter outside her school, where he observes his new environment and discovers other people’s refuges.
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Beautiful mix of mourning and delicacy, broken only by the energetic sex scene - an interesting counterweight, as the title suggests. Moretti makes the most non-sense lines sound great. That guy is my hero.
The movie would gain so much by just letting Paolo Buonvino do his work instead of throwing american pop songs that inevitably make something so beautifully understated into a videoclip-like melodrama. That said, Moretti is incredible, and so is his daughter. Could have been a new "The Son's Room" but ends up being a failed attempt at bringing different types of cinema together for bigger commercial appeal.
positive: some scenes and characters (the daughter, his daily park acquaintances, the guy who invites him for pasta)
negative: potrayal of women (passive, in need for rescue, unloved.. not to forget the random sex scene)
Even if you are desperately in love with Nanni Moretti, don't feel obliged to watch this one. The scenario seems to have been written by twelve different people who would have never communicated with each other. Apart from Moretti himself, the actors' performance is mediocre - special note for the French executives, and the incredibly long minutes they spend discussing the exciting topic of their company's merger.
The stylish details: the city and seaside interiors, the vaguely 80's atmosphere reminiscent of Moretti's own movies.
The unstylish details: the last thing I wanted to see on screen is Moretti having sex...