Along the Ridge (Anche libero va bene) Reviews
The story is shown through the eyes of 11 year old boy Tommi (Alessandro Morace), who stays in an urban lower middle class dis-jointed family with his unemployed cameraman father Renato (Kim Rossi Stuart) and sister Viola (Marta Nobili). His mother Stefania (Barbora Bobulova) has left the family for some other man. Even in the dis-functional family where it is difficult to meet expenses and ends, Renato with all his frustrations, still loves the kids a lot. Parallel to this are two sub-plot running ? one, where Renato wants his son Tommi to be a swimmer, whereas Tommi wants to become a football player. Second, the school life of Tommi ? where he tries to seek friendship and love with his classmates. When Stefania suddenly appears one day out of no where back to the family ? after a bit of test and trials ? there is hope, happiness in the family. But again suddenly she disappears and leaves behind the traumatic family in despair.
This is the first time directorial debut of the very good looking famous Italian actor Kim Rossi Stuart. After his long acting career he does great justice to his new role as a Director. I read that he was not suppose to act in this movie, and only direct the movie; but just 15 days before the shooting ? when the selected actor left the movie, the producers persuaded Kim to take the role of the father. Kim looks stunning, very pleasing to the eyes and has acted efficiently well. I think after a long time, I personally have seen some real good looks on screen. But I will leave it on girls and women to add more.
But the movie belongs wholly and solely to Alessandro Morace. First movie and he lives the role of Tommi as no other kid could have ever done justly. He shows all the range of emotions so naturally as if this role was written keeping him in mind. He is magnificent. Equally good in their small roles are Marta Nobili and Barbora Babulova.
In the beginning 15 minutes of the movie Director / actor Kim sets the tone by exposing to audience scenes that would make the point ? of what to expect from the movie so people are not deceived into any flamboyant commercial stuff.
This movie is jointly written by four writers with Kim being one of them. There are so many numerous scenes in the movie that make you feel ? oh alas, I hope I was part of this family and character. They are so wonderfully filmed. The touching moments moist your eyes and linger with you even after the movie is over.
Good music, good editing, good cinematography! Great cinema! Well done. If I had not gone to see this ? I would had missed a gem.
(Stars 7.75 out of 8)