Mia Madre

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Mia Madre explores thought-provoking themes with director/co-writer Nanni Moretti's reliably skillful blend of comedy and pathos.



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Acclaimed Italian auteur Nanni Moretti finds comedy and pathos in the story of Margherita, a harried film director (Margherita Buy, A Five Star Life) trying to juggle the demands of her latest movie and a personal life in crisis. The star of her film, a charming but hammy American actor (John Turturro) imported for the production, initially presents nothing but headaches and her crew is close to mutiny. Away from the shoot, Margherita tries to hold her life together as her beloved mother's illness progresses, and her teenage daughter grows ever more distant.

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A very touching character study that perfectly blends a serious and suffocating drama with hilarious moments of humor that are never intrusive but instead helps shape the whole meta-narrative purpose of what Moretti wants to say, including his feelings about his own work.

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Dreadfully maudlin and superficial piece, mainly just a star vehicle for the unconvincing leads, who are improbably cast and deliver their lines as if they are apologising to the audience because the actors don't believe any of it and wish they were elsewhere. One star for several of the support cast who manage to anchor the film in places.

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