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½ August 1, 2012
Beautifully crafted movie....
August 15, 2011
A very emotional family drama with great performances, especially by the child actor is remarkably genuine.
February 24, 2011
A tender and beautiful Italian family drama centered around a little boy called Tommi, who is played magnificently by Alessandro Morace. Tommi is coping with his family: Mother that comes & goes whenever she finds a wealthy lover, Father who is doing his best at being a single parent, but still is incapable of holding his job longer due to his rash temper and a sister who is experiencing her sexuality. At school it is no better, with love problems that he has. Almost always alone, Tommi finally finds a best friend when a young boy moves into his apartment block. Through him, he i witnesses another type of family - a wealthy one, where mother and father are kind and good-tempered and their overall life is going on without much worries. So different from Tommi's own dysfunctional family. Dysfunctional though it is, love is not missing. It is still present in abundance but mixed with so many other emotions that everything gets pretty messed up for Tommi.
" Along the Ridge" is English version of the Italian title and it alludes to Tommi's habit of walking along the edge of the roof of his apartment building.The Italian title "Anche libero va bene" (the Striker is good too) is more subtle and becomes understandable only at the very end of the film.
The film is the directorial debut of Kim Rossi Stuart, a well-known Italian actor, who also plays the father in the film. He as a father and young Morace in his role of Tommi are the most responsible for many layers of emotions that this films evokes.
½ February 3, 2011
Great Drama about a Dysfunctional Italian Family
December 16, 2010
De partir o coração...
December 7, 2010
this is a very touching yet real movie about a boy growing up in a difficuilt family situation,it's not that he isn't loved it's just a difficuilt situation,very realistic,great acting by kim rossi stuart and allesandro morace.especially the chaotic father playing this nice but explosive guy from one emotion to another.i loved this movie instantly!!
½ November 29, 2010
The brilliant thing is that the movie clearly shows the dynamics of a dysfunctional family. The father-figure is thoroughly frustrated in his failures and projects his own shortcomings on his son. The mother walked away one day but returns when she lost the man she ran away with. We see how an incredible unhealthy situation is created when the adults don't take responsibility for their own offspring. They wallow in pity and loathing for themselves and each other, and fail to see that the fragile children that life with them need the tranquility. The movie does a great job in depicting the incredible amount of pain and sorrow protagonist Tommi has to swallow in an environment that is meant to be safe. But despite their obvious flaws in character, you also start to see why he still loves these incredibly damaged parents. This subtle approach makes it one of the most intense and painful movies I ever watched.
October 17, 2010
I love Kim Rossi Stuart.
October 9, 2010
bravissimo.. my favourite family life film since Toyko Story..
August 28, 2010
This movie was re-released in Pathe theatres, Amsterdam as part of the Summer Films special screening. I read very good reviews of it and was interested to see it. Even if did not turn out to be what the reviews say (that happens quite often) I would had been fine.

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)
April 20, 2010
italian.. i have watched few italian movies
½ November 28, 2009
4 1/2 stars.
Along the ridge was a story of a dis functional family told through the eyes of Tommi an 11 year old boy. He lived with his father Renato and sister Viola. Their mother Stefania had abandon them long time ago for some other man. Renato with all his problems he still loves this kids and try to please them in what way he can. He wanted Tommi to be a professional swimmer, but Tommi's passion lies elsewhere, Football. When the mother suddenly appeared one day out of no where, there was hope and happiness in the family. But then she disappeared and leave the family again in despair. This movie was so real,beautifully directed by Kim Rossi Stuart who played the role of Tommi's father Renato. A must to see.
mvieaddict
Super Reviewer
½ November 28, 2009
Along the ridge was a story of a dis functional family told through the eyes of Tommi an 11 year old boy. He lived with his father Renato and sister Viola. Their mother Stefania had abandon them long time ago for some other man. Renato with all his problems he still loves this kids and try to please them in what way he can. He wanted Tommi to be a professional swimmer, but Tommi's passion lies elsewhere, Football. When the mother suddenly appeared one day out of no where, there was hope and happiness in the family. But then she disappeared and leave the family again in despair. This movie was so real,beautifully directed by Kim Rossi Stuart who played the role of Tommi's father Renato. A must to see.
October 14, 2009
I was deeply moved by this film. Both leads (Kim Rossi Stuart & Alessandro Morace) are very outstanding, especially Morace (Tommi)- who has input so much energy and life into the complicated & mature than his age, but sometimes innocent character. And Morace grabbed himself a best actor award by "Tommi" @ Flaiano Film Festival 2006. Stuart (also as the director) leaded really well on-off the camera. The last scene Tommi drops his tears... really melted my heart.
August 11, 2009
Intense raw acting! A must see!!
August 8, 2009
There are flashes of brilliance, all emanating from the the talent of the actor/director Kim Rossi Stuart but the story is trite and unabsorbing it almost quells his fire. Worth a watch just for Stuart's intensity.
February 23, 2009
Estamos Bem Mesmo Sem Voc
½ December 9, 2008
An engaging Italian movie that sees well known actor Kim Rossi Stuart both behind and in front of the lens. The film brings the audience into the home and lives of the characters, as they struggle to face their individual daily challenges . First time actor Alessandro Morace was a fine choice to play the troubled 11-year-old, Tommi, who is faced with difficult choices in school, and at times questions his loyalty to his volatile, but ultimatley likable father, played by Rossi Stuart. The films treatment of the interwoven family relationships is tense yet captivating, helped along by strong performances from 11 year old Morace and Rossi Stuart himself (who apparently was a last minute addition to the cast when the actor to play Renato left the project). Recommended.
jimbotender
Super Reviewer
October 6, 2008
Crafting first movie by the actor Rossi Stuart.A sweet and after a while tormenting Italian film challenging the traumas of youth from a strict and at the same time content father.When the mother is being...liberal (ironically,I sympathized with her more in the finale),daddy is being mad but by no means a beater.Fury is present all over and yet...it seems a simple story.Good attempt.
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