Sudden death. Accident. The loss of a child. A very problematic issue is touched here. How can a family -a father, a mother, a sister - 'handle' this?. Self-reproaches, blames, fears, tears, pain.. But somehow the movie lacks the proper implementation and the convincing element. If I may say so.
The letter and the final trip kept my eyes and my soul awake, but this was only the most subtle touch of this film. Its prima facie shallowness can only be a call for the frailty of our own lives. "if the master of the house knew, the thief could not have committed the robbery" - I don't want to understand this either, faith and destiny are not my game to play.
5/10. Before its defining event, this film drags along for 30-odd minutes. After the loss, it is cliché-laden TV family drama. Eventually, a wonderfully humane and authentic concluding episode offers a new angle. The many tiresome dialogues from the psychotherapy sessions are nowhere as interesting as Moretti seems to think.
A beautiful film. It is a difficult, almost unbearable watch at times, if you really empathize with the characters that is. Nanni Moretti reveals he is a true humanist with little or no sentimentality: at the heart of this emotionally sincere film there are universal themes about bereavement & the grieving process.
Fresque animée par une omniprésente amertume, Moretti offre une vision pragmatique des difficultés de la classe moyenne. On retiendra surtout une mise en scène moins travaillée qu'à son habitude, mais qui intéressera néanmoins tout homme épris de l'Italie contemporaine, ou encore ceux en quête de sincérité des personnages face aux situations pourtant les plus ingérables