MIA MADRE (My Mother) is a new Italian film about mothers, mothering, movie-making, growing up, and a whole lot more. Were it not so exquisitely conceived and directed (by Moretti, along with four other scribes) as well as acted by a top-notch cast, we might simply be grateful for a good, solid, Italian film about family and filmmaking. But this is something else.
Margherita Buy), who is simultaneously trying to make a difficult movie and deal with its incalcitrant lead actor (John Turturro), even as her beloved mother (Giulia Lazzarini) has been diagnosed as terminal and her teenage daughter (lovely newcomer Beatrice Mancini) is failing Latin.
TrustMovies that Signore Moretti's work is becoming ever more delicate and special, while maintaining its ability to give us superlative performances from its casts, while never losing its own unique grip on reality. It may be Moretti's kind of reality, I'll grant you. But it still seems, in its own generous and quite specific way, very real.
Days and Clouds, Le fate ignoranti, A Five-Star Life, and so many more). Turturro (above and further above) pushes his obnoxious character almost to the limit (he's playing an actor, after all), but he, too, never lets reality off the hook. Ms Mancini's daughter (at left, two photos below) is a joy, walking the wire the separates girlhood from adulthood with beauty, delight and sadness, while Ms Lazzarini (shown at left, bottom photo) gives us a mother who clearly was a force to contend with in her day but is now losing her grip.
Music Box Films, Mia Madre (in Italian and some English with English subtitles and running 107 minutes) opened last week in New York, Los Angeles and DC to excellent reviews, and hits many other theaters this Friday, September 2 -- including a few here in South Florida, where it will play Miami at the Coral Gables Art Cinema, Boca Raton at the Living Room Theaters and Fort Lauderdale at the Classic Gateway Theater. In the weeks to come, it expands further across the country. Click here to see all currently scheduled playdates, cities and theaters.