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An understated and thoughtful insight into grief and despair, with a stellar turn from Nanni Moretti. Read critic reviews

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Aging entertainment industry executive Pietro Paladini (Nanni Moretti) returns from a trip to the beach with his brother, Carlo (Alessandro Gassman), to find his wife dead. Stunned when his young daughter, Claudia (Blu Di Martino), implies that, had he been at home, her mother would have survived, Paladini renews his dedication to raising his daughter. But, when he begins neglecting his job in favor of daily residence on a park bench outside of Claudia's school, trouble follows.

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  • Jun 26, 2010
    A quiet character study regarding a man dealing with the accidental death of his wife, leaving him to care for their ten year old daughter. Facing uncertainties at work and seemingly unable to process his loss, Pietro (Nanni Moretti) daily waits for his daughter in the park across from her school. He attracts the notice of several other people who frequent the park and receives visits from colleagues, friends, and relatives. His brother, Carlo (Alessandro Gassman), and crazy sister-in-law, Marta (Valeria Golino), check in with him from time to time to express their concerns and to try to induce him into a more normal routine, to no avail. The interaction between the father and daughter feels quite natural and provides a handle with which to understand their grief process. There are lighter moments to relieve the gloom, and the bright daily scenes also help to mask what otherwise could have been maudlin. One sex scene toward the end detracted from the overall tone of the film. It seemed out of place and completely unnecessary. This viewer has no problem with scenes of this nature as long as they flow naturally from the story. This one was too jarring and gratuitous.
    Mark A Super Reviewer
  • Apr 24, 2009
    a business man looses his wife, as he ends up looking after his daughter, he feels he needs to be with her, which includes waiting outside her school as she goes there, here he gets the feel of the area and people and conducts his business affairs, while getting a bit of a fresh outlook on life, a enjoyable gentle drama, with a good performance from, the main charactor, and nicely directed moments
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • Jul 25, 2008
    I liked it even more than The Son's Room; it's similar in a way, but here it doesn't take so long to show the pain, and it's more original. Great, great dialogues and stupid sex scenes.
    Alex F Super Reviewer

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