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Days and Clouds (2007)

Giorni e nuvole (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 11 July 2008 (USA)
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A well-off and sophisticated couple struggles to stay together after the husband loses his job.

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Silvio Soldini

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Silvio Soldini (story), Doriana Leondeff (story) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Margherita Buy ... Elsa
Antonio Albanese ... Michele
Giuseppe Battiston ... Vito
Alba Rohrwacher ... Alice
Carla Signoris Carla Signoris ... Nadia
Fabio Troiano ... Riki
Paolo Sassanelli ... Salviati
Arnaldo Ninchi Arnaldo Ninchi ... Padre di Michele
Teco Celio Teco Celio ... Ragionier Terzetti
Antonio Carlo Francini Antonio Carlo Francini ... Luciano
Carlo Scola Carlo Scola ... Fabrizio
Alberto Giusta Alberto Giusta ... Roberto
Orietta Notari Orietta Notari ... Signora Carminati
Nicoletta Maragno Nicoletta Maragno ... Restauratrice
Arianna Comes Arianna Comes ... Apprendista restauro
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Storyline

Manager Michele lost his job but didn't tell his wife Eve, who was completing her art history PhD. Michele ponders whether to accept quickly a less lucrative job or hope for a better one. He opts to look for a higher paying job, in an attempt to retain their upper-middle class status and lifestyle, but is disappointed time and time again. Eventually, they are forced to sell their home and rent an apartment in a working class neighborhood. Meanwhile, she is forced to take two part-time jobs, and stop her volunteer work restoring a fresco. As the reality of their new working-class status emerges, they struggle to hold onto their sense of selves and their relationship. Written by EA Bianco

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Country:

Italy | Switzerland | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

11 July 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Days and Clouds See more »

Filming Locations:

Genoa, Liguria, Italy

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Budget:

€300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,707, 13 July 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$109,269, 9 November 2008
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Dolby Digital

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Sad, funny, and eventually deeply moving. And well acted!
24 July 2013 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

Days and Clouds (2007)

Tender, true, and rather moving without being the slightest bit sentimental. This is a look at normal life, in a way, in modern Northern Italy (the setting is Genoa). A fairly comfortable middle aged couple is going through a crisis as one loses a job and the money crunch adds to other everyday stresses.

And that's it. Which is a lot when you realize that that's it. There will be no murder or shocking accidents, no illness or surprise turn of events of any kind, really. Which is why it draws you further and further, gently, with more humor than pathos, until you really believe these people, or these kind of people, exist quite like this. It's not a random slice of life, since there is certainly a core problem being scrutinized (the loss of a job in mid-life, etc.). But in many ways the little events are so "little" in the cinematic sense they are just a small pageant for the viewer.

So what makes it sing beyond the compelling, restrained story is the acting, above all the acting. The couple, the husband and wife facing the crisis, makes sense because the woman (Margherita Buy) and the man (Antonio Albanese) are so perfect at being imperfect. They don't push their crisis too hard, nor do that have the ideal love at the beginning. What they show is the normal troubled tenderness and awkward anger of getting into such a situation.

Besides a second thread following somewhat their daughter's life, which has taken a less materialistic turn then the parents, the movie adds a whole other element throughout--early Renaissance art. The mother happens to have just finished (belatedly) her graduate degree in Italian art from the 1400s. And she is helping restore an obscure small ceiling painting somewhere else in town, seeing it gradually reveal itself as the movie progresses. The reason this matters is it adds an element of beauty and idealism that is implied by the whole rest of the movie. That we (all of us) are not simply here to make ends meet and worry about money. And this something bigger (call it art, call it something spiritual inspired by art or inspiring art) is what holds us up at times.

So by the end the two aspects--the mundane and the ethereal--meld, every so softly. Quite beautiful.


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