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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Critic Reviews for Mia Madre

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  • Moretti and his actors establish a kind of instant empathy that makes the story all the more affecting.

    Sep 22, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The general air of quiet intelligence throws the occasional outbursts of loud emotion into affecting relief, and John Turturro shines as the sort of unintentionally difficult star he doesn't seem like he'd be in real life.

    Sep 9, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Moretti knows how to orchestrate a good laugh when it's needed, but he can plumb more soulful, sorrowful depths, too.

    Sep 2, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Fortunately the movie-production scenes deliver plenty of laughs, courtesy of John Turturro.

    Sep 1, 2016 | Full Review…
  • The biggest reason to see the Italian dramedy "Mia Madre" can be summed up in two words: John Turturro.

    Sep 1, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • This is a movie that doesn't quite come together, on both thematic and tonal levels, even though most individual scenes are competently acted and engaging.

    Sep 1, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Mia Madre

  • Apr 07, 2016
    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.
    . . Super Reviewer
  • Dec 29, 2015
    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.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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