THERE IS NO PLACE LIKE HOME
A CASA TUTTI BENE
2018, Indie Sales, 105 min, Italy, Dir: Gabriele Muccino

“This movie is about everything: life, our existences, about how difficult it is to live with anyone, from your partner to your children and finally your parents … how hard it is to be fair,” notes Gabriele Muccino of this appealing ensemble dramedy, which follows a string of U.S.-set English-language films (including THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS) by the director. The setting here is an island off the Italian coast, where an extended clan has reunited to celebrate the 50th anniversary of grandparents Pietro and Alba; when a storm traps them for two days, three generations struggle to sort out long-simmering family issues.


THE ENTREPRENEUR
L'INDUSTRIALE
2011, Rai Trade Department, 94 min, Italy, Dir: Giuliano Montaldo

Factory owner Nicola (Pierfrancesco Favino) is too proud to ask his uber-wealthy wife Laura (Italian star Carolina Crescentini), or his mother-in-law (Elisabetta Piccolomini) to help refinance his direly wanting company, but his stubbornness and secrecy begin to strain his marriage. When Laura becomes friendly with a local garage attendant (Eduard Gabia), Nicola worries he'll be made a cuckold if he can't solve his financial woes soon. Enter unscrupulous lawyer Ferrero (Francesco Scianna), whose questionably legal methods only dig Nicola's problems gravely deeper. Giuliano Montaldo's cool gray portrayal of an atrophying, wintry Turin, and the 1% upper classes struggling to maintain its security in the face of a crumbling kingdom, won Best Film at the Golden Globes Italy, and received the 2011 Rome Film Festival's L.A.R.A. award for Scianna's supporting performance. In Italian with English subtitles.


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