Mia Madre, My Mother by Nanni Moretti
The recently released semi-biographical film by Nanni Moretti, Mia Madre.
An Italian filmmaker (Margherita Buy) tries to cope with her mother’s terminal illness (Giulia Lazzarini) while working on a new movie with a bombastic American actor (John Turturro).
The movie has won the David di Donatello for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress.
The New Yorker has a good review of the movie by Richard Brody
The Telegraph calls it a Saggy Melodrama
The New York Times‘s title: “Mom’s in the Hospital. The Riot Scene Needs Retakes.”
“Quiet, kind, funny, and poignant. Only after the movie has been seen, digested, and lived with does one realize they saw something so wonderful.”
“Moretti’s typical games are there, not with the effusiveness of previous works but still being able to intersperse situations in which memory, past and imagination merge, with no hallways in between.”
“Although Mia Madre’s peculiar combination of pathos and pratfalls didn’t work for me, it can be an interesting film at times. Go in with muted expectations, and you might be surprised.”
“Mia Madre invokes shades of Fellini’s 8 1/2 with tale of a creator dealing with an existential crisis and is only amplified by some of the film’s many dream sequences.”