Mia Madre
aka My Mother
First screened in October 2015
Director: Nanni Moretti. Cast: Margherita Buy, Giulia Lazzarini, John Turturro, Nanni Moretti, Enrico Ianniello, Beatrice Mancini, Stefano Abbati, Lorenzo Gioielli, Anna Bellato, Toni Laudadio, Tatiana Lepore, Vanessa Scalera, Monica Samassa, Antonio Zavatteri, Rossana Mortara. Screenplay: Nanni Moretti, Francesco Piccolo, and Valia Santella (based on a screen story by Nanni Moretti, Valia Santella, Gaia Manzini, and Chiara Valerio).

Twitter Capsule: An interesting, quiet mother-daughter dynamic slowly emerges, but hampered by listless storytelling and broad pandering.

VOR:   As a subtle portrait of grief slips out from beneath its cruder carapace, this starts to seem more ambitious. Worth dwelling on a bit; some will be very moved. Clear limits, though.

Photo © 2015 Sacher/Fandango/Le Pacte/Rai Cinema/Arte France Cinéma

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: C–

Cannes Film Festival: Prize of the Ecumenical Jury

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