When the Night (Quando La Notte)

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A mother dealing with a difficult child without her husband finds companionship in this drama from Italy. Marina (Claudia Pandolfi) sets out on a vacation in a small town in Northwest Italy with her two-year-old son Marco in tow; while her husband will be meeting up with her in a few weeks, for the moment she's looking after Marco by herself, and this happens at a bad time for both mother and child. Marco has the colic and is in a constant bad mood, and after a few days Marina is at a loss about what to do with her fussy, frequently crying child. Marina is staying in a apartment building that's also home to Manfred (Filippo Timi), a moody wilderness guide, and when he hears some strange noises one evening, he discovers Marco has had an accident and Marina is too panicked to react. After taking Marina and Marco to the hospital, Manfred has them stay with his sister-in-law Bianca (Michela Cescon), who has more experience in dealing with difficult children. As Marina bonds with Bianca, she finds herself increasingly attracted to Manfred, though she learns he carries some emotional baggage of his own. Quando La Notte (aka When The Night) was directed and co-written by Cristina Comencini, who helped adapt the screenplay from her own novel.


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