Along the Ridge (Anche libero va bene) (2007)
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Writer-director Kim Rossi-Stuart helms and stars in the relentlessly disturbing Italian-language domestic drama Libero, from a script he co-penned with Federico Starnone, Linda Ferri and Francesco Giammusso. The story opens on a household in Rome, where single father Renato (Stuart) juggles responsibilities in his job as a cinematographer with his paternal obligations, which involve raising his son and daughter: teenager Viola (Marta Nobili) and primary schooler Tommi (Alessandro Morace). His
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A little over-long, 'Libero' loses its rhythm towards the end but still remains a thoroughly convincing portrait of a family.
Amid a crop of fine performances, Morace brings stand-out subtlety with his hurt and confusion at the betrayals of the adult world.
Wise beyond his years, Morace's Tommi is a knockout performance of resilience and acceptance of his parents' foibles and by the final scene of this assured debut feature there is unlikely to be a dry eye in the house.
Kim Rossi Stuart's directorial debut exposes the cracks in a family with edgy incisiveness.
Letting the drama gradually unfold, Rossi Stuart proves an adept helmer and captures the anxieties of childhood brilliantly.
Over-melodramatic in places but an impressive central performance from the young lead.
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