Director: Nanni Moretti Starring: Margherita Buy, John Turturro, Giulia Lazzarini Verdict: Lights, camera, goodbye
FOR much of the past two decades, Nanni Moretti (We Have a Pope, The Caiman) has been the only Italian filmmaker able to regularly connect with Australian audiences. Moretti’s core following will be more than satisfied with his latest work, even if it falls just short of his best output.
Margherita (Margherita Buy) is a control-freak director in the midst of completing a difficult new movie project when she gets word her mother is slowly dying. While her brother Giovanni (played by Moretti himself) selflessly “opts in” to the painful process of bidding farewell to an ageing parent, Margherita’s selfobsessed tendencies are distracting her from facing the inevitable. Further blocking a much-needed reality check for Margherita is the niggling presence of Barry (John Turturro), a mercurial American actor whose talent isn’t matching his reputation. While Turturro’s comic interjections are a welcome relief from a sombre main plot, the film’s elegantly low-key human insights are what will leave the most lasting impression.