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You may fancy a nap of your own during this overlong, mother-fixated memoir.
Bérénice Bejo, who shows up late in the going as the protagonist's lover, makes the lead actor look even less charismatic by comparison.
The film is composed of several exquisite stand-alone sequences unsatisfactorily strung together on a thin cord of mother love, in a story of a middle-aged man unable to overcome the loss of his mother when he was nine.
Bellocchio stages a gentle, eminently watchable return to some of the key themes that have haunted his 50 years of filmmaking, particularly the scarring left by a dysfunctional family and maternal love gone awry.
Sweet Dreams is a sentimental, belated coming-of-age as an adult story, unavoidably deeply personal and with the intrinsically Italian sensibility of a mother's influence on her son.
Anchored in an unmistakably Italian visual style... [director Marco] Bellocchio achieves a somewhat morose film, but coined with extreme personality. [Full review in Spanish]
There is a lot of psychologism in the film, and phrases that sometimes fall like cobblestones. [Full review in Spanish]
Those looking for evidence of Bellocchio's notorious gifts for penetrating the Catholic unconscious in order to access and reveal some deeper, ecstatic truth about the natural world would be wise to look elsewhere in his filmography.
With moments truly suggestive moments, the narrative trivializes as it gets corny and tries to approach something like a happy ending. [Full review in Spanish]
A film about the anguish that is seen through bursts without a hint of sentimentality, of ups and downs of spirit, depressive until wanting to leave everything as a last chance. [Full review in Spanish]
The film is more a series of isolated high points than a united whole, but it has bags of charm.
As a high-end soap, Sweet Dreams works very nicely. The film flows down the gullet without much irritation.
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