Mary Poppins Returns
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Virzi approaches mawkishness but he never crosses the line.
"The First Beautiful Thing'' is shameless, and, damn it, I cried anyway.
Occasionally affecting but unremarkable.
Virzi has hit his stride in this polished but delicate comedy-drama.
It's filled with its own artfulness and warmth.
Virsi sharpens the sentimentality of the emotional setup to a nicely serrated edge.
A warm and welcome foreign film treat about learning to cope with the fact that one's parents are actually people too.
The high-pitched emotions, gesticulations and occasional near-hysteria seem completely normal and genuine.
A lovely Italian throwback about a loner vocational school professor coming to terms with the death of his mother and the sources of his present-day unhappiness.
It's especially striking how effectively Ramazotti's and Sandrelli's performances as Anna blend together so smoothly. Together, they create a portrait of a woman who lacked all the necessary skills to be a parent, except to fiercely love her children.
The film becomes wearisome due to Virzì's indulgent use of busy, overstated flashbacks.
In films such as the Italian The First Beautiful Thing, the mother/whore dichotomy collapses in whimsical ways: The mother is the whore.
La Prima Cossa Bella, a beautiful Italian family drama, it will be in the coming Oscars nomination for best Foreign Movie,was about a dysfunctional family, showing anger of a child towards his mother.The movie showed flashbacks of the boy Bruno in his troubled childhood and young adulthood in the 1970's and 1980's.I must say too much was happening here, and it was unclear whether the movie was really about Bruno or the wild life their mother was leading.The earlier scenes were long and they overwhelm the portrait of Bruno as an adult, and the present narrative showed him in his feel-good reunions, his own alcohol-drug problem, and his dying mother.Director Paolo Virzi made here his best movie, one that made you cry and laugh at the same time.
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