MIA MADRE

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - WEEK IN MOVIES -

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.

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