Sweet Dreams (Fai bei sogni) (2016)



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Turin 1969. Massimo, a young boy of nine, lost her mother in mysterious circumstances. A few days after his father leads him to a priest who explains that she is now in heaven. Massimo refuses to accept this sudden disappearance. 1990. Massimo became an accomplished journalist, but his past haunts him. So he must sell the apartment of his parents, the wounds of her childhood turn into obsession ...


Critic Reviews for Sweet Dreams (Fai bei sogni)

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You may fancy a nap of your own during this overlong, mother-fixated memoir.

Feb 20, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Bérénice Bejo, who shows up late in the going as the protagonist's lover, makes the lead actor look even less charismatic by comparison.

May 20, 2016 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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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.

May 12, 2016 | Full Review…
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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.

May 12, 2016 | Full Review…

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.

Nov 18, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Anchored in an unmistakably Italian visual style... [director Marco] Bellocchio achieves a somewhat morose film, but coined with extreme personality. [Full review in Spanish]

Mar 28, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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