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Mia Madre (2015)

Mia madre (original title)
R | | Drama | 26 August 2016 (USA)
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Margherita, a director in the middle of an existential crisis, has to deal with the inevitable and still unacceptable loss of her mother.

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Nanni Moretti

Writers:

Nanni Moretti (story), Valia Santella (story) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Margherita Buy ... Margherita
John Turturro ... Barry Huggins
Giulia Lazzarini Giulia Lazzarini ... Ada
Nanni Moretti ... Giovanni
Beatrice Mancini Beatrice Mancini ... Livia
Stefano Abbati Stefano Abbati ... Federico
Francesco Acquaroli Francesco Acquaroli
Anna Bellato Anna Bellato ... Attrice
Lorenzo Gioielli Lorenzo Gioielli ... Interprete
Enrico Ianniello Enrico Ianniello ... Vittorio
Toni Laudadio Toni Laudadio ... Produttore (as Tony Laudadio)
Tatiana Lepore Tatiana Lepore ... Segretaria di edizione
Pietro Ragusa Pietro Ragusa ... Bruno
Monica Samassa Monica Samassa ... Medico
Vanessa Scalera Vanessa Scalera ... Infermiera
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Storyline

These are hard days for Margherita, who is going through a very difficult period in her life. On a professional level first, the middle-aged film director, has started wondering whether the committed movies she has been making are really an actual reflection of the world she lives in ; on top of this, she is in conflict not only with her crew but also, and primarily, with Barry Huggins, a well-known American actor of Italian origin, who proves awfully bad and uncontrollable. On the personal level, things do not get any better - it could even be said they are worse. Margherita has just left her life partner and she has become unable to relate to her teenage daughter. As for her mother, she is now seriously ill and her doctor tries to prepare her brother and her for the worst. Which is unacceptable to the weakened woman who can find salvation only in denial of reality. Will she manage to face up to the facts and to come to terms with herself? Written by Guy Bellinger

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy | France | Germany

Language:

Italian | English | French

Release Date:

26 August 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€1,110,769 (Italy), 20 April 2015, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,098, 28 August 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$301,664, 30 October 2016
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Sound Mix:

Dolby (as Dolby 5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Much of John Turturro's performance was improvised. See more »

Connections

References Boccaccio '70 (1962) See more »

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Festina Lente
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a movie about reality
18 April 2015 | by pietromarcelloSee all my reviews

Moretti tells a heart-wrenching story without using overly dramatic tones, and builds around it other story lines, which all share the theme of people coming to terms with reality. The main storyline is really moving and real, and I could totally relate to it - what I like about this film is that it is autobiographical, but you do not need to be a world-famous film director to relate to it. Through Margherita, Moretti at times will fearlessly show you the everyday routine details of both his professional and personal life, totally demystifying his world-famous-film-director persona. I really liked Margherita Buy's acting; John Turturro has a very difficult role to play, because he must continually switch between acting and meta-acting, also switching between English and Italian, but he pulls it off nicely. The last 10 seconds of this movie are the perfect ending.


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