Margherita (the charismatic Margherita Buy) is having a rough time. The celebrated film director has recently split up with her actor boyfriend; the movie she is shooting is running into trouble (largely thanks to a demanding Hollywood actor hilariously played by John Turturro); and hanging over all of this is the fact that her elderly mother (Giulia Lazzarini), a retired professor of classical literature, is dying. Usually cool and collected – perhaps to a fault – Margherita now finds herself overwhelmed and verging on a breakdown as she rushes between her increasingly chaotic set and the sobering hospital bedside of her ailing mother who has developed a special bond with her granddaughter, Livia, played gracefully by Beatrice Mancini. Not helping matters is Margherita’s complicated relationship with her brother (played by director Nanni Moretti himself), which she is forced to come to terms with as the inevitable family tragedy looms.
Exploring the tensions between professional life and familial duty, ‘My Mother’ has the makings of a heartbreaking tale, but Moretti, as always, derives a warm and witty family drama that is inflected with moments of finely tuned comedy.
- Nanni Moretti
- Nanni Moretti, Francesco Piccolo, Valia Santella
- Nanni Moretti, Domenico Procacci
- Clelio Benevento
- Arnaldo Catinari
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- Sacher Film
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- Margherita Buy, John Turturro, Giulia Lazzarini, Nanni Moretti, Beatrice Mancini