Director: Nanni Moretti
Cast: Margherita Buy, John Turturro, Nanni Moretti, Giulia Lazzarini, Beatrice Mancini, Stefano Abbati, Enrico Ianniello
Duration: 107 mins
Country of Origin: Italy
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“Wonderful. One of the best films of the year so far. A comedy drama that really works. Very touching, very moving and unexpectedly hilarious. Turturro is funny as hell. The way the film places laugher alongside tears with such grace, is astounding.”
Jason Di Rosso, ABC RADIO NATIONAL
“Warm, witty and seductive – tremendously smart and enjoyable. Moretti’s best film in years, Mia Madre is about the paramount importance of enjoying life and cultivating love; cinema and socially engaged art are valuable insofar as they promote these imperatives. There is a bit of Fellini’s 8½ and Truffaut’s Day For Night here, but it’s unmistakably a Moretti picture: sad, funny and very satisfying.”
Peter Bradshaw, THE GUARDIAN
“Inspired. A triumph of tonal complexity. Whenever it gets close to the serious, it gets funny. Even funny, it never quite relinquishes the poignant.”
Nigel Andrews, THE FINANCIAL TIMES
“As ever, Moretti creates a rich and incredibly detailed world, one where every character has a life that stretches far beyond their on-screen scenes.”
Oliver Lyttelton, THE PLAYLIST
“Initially Moretti satirises filmmaking amusingly. But as real life seeps into the artificiality of the filmmaking and we get to know these people, insights and emotions build beautifully, poignantly on the ties that bind us and the things that matter.”
Angie Errigo, EMPIRE
“A triumph! Beautifully observed and delicately balanced, a sublimely modulated blend of laughter and tears. Moretti’s most satisfying film to date, a richly mature work that brings together themes – life, death, love, film-making – that have haunted his entire career. This is Moretti at his interpersonal best; intimate, empathetic and intensely humane.”
Mark Kermode, THE OBSERVER
NOMINEE – 2015 EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS – BEST DIRECTOR (Nanni Moretti) & BEST ACTRESS (Margherita Buy)
WINNER – 2015 ITALIAN ACADEMY AWARDS – BEST ACTRESS (Margherita Buy) & BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS (Guilia Lazzarini)
Acclaimed Italian auteur Nanni Moretti returns to brilliant form with his semi-autobiographical and award-winning new dramedy MIA MADRE, with the stunning Margherita Buy starring as a director struggling to balance life and art.
Margherita (Buy) is directing a new social drama, set against the backdrop of an industrial dispute. Try as she may to remain professional, the emotional turmoil of her private life is taking a toll: an affair with one of her actors (Enrico Ianniello) has come to an end, her adolescent daughter (Beatrice Mancini) is failing Latin, but most troubling is the recent hospitalization of her formidable, beloved mother Ada (Giulia Lazzarini). Whilst her brother Giovanni (Moretti) gradually allows himself to be engulfed by his mother’s last days, taking extended leave to prolong his bedside vigil, Margherita’s tough schedule makes more than a daily visit tricky.
Meanwhile, the famous American actor Barry Huggins (the fabulous John Turturro) has arrived, a needy and capricious personality whose brash presence on set sees things go from bad to worse, and whose general ineptitude might finally push Margherita over the edge…
With characteristic openness to life’s big questions, Moretti’s mature and hugely entertaining film skillfully manoeuvres between pathos and comedy as it considers the uneasy relationship between artistic ambition and everyday life, the real and the imagined. Widely acclaimed at the Cannes Film Festival as Moretti’s best film since the Palme d’Or winning The Son’s Room, and named best film of the year by the influential Cahiers du Cinéma, MIA MADRE is another rich and affectingly humanist work from one of world cinema’s true masters.