directed by Nanni Moretti
A revisiting of the themes of life, cinema, family ties and guilt, Nanni Moretti’s Mia Madre is a major return to form for the Italian director. Margherita (Margherita Buy) is a director shooting a film with the famous American actor, Barry Huggins (John Turturro), who is quite a headache on set and whose Italian is nowhere near up to par for the demands of his role. Away from the shoot, Margherita tries to hold her life together, despite her mother’s illness and her daughter’s adolescence. Screened to great acclaim in Cannes, Nanni Moretti’s latest work is a seductive and witty biographical blend of comedy and pathos that gets the most from its small ensemble cast. There’s a great anecdote involving working with Kubrick and as a whole the film plays as an affectionate, and sometimes not so affectionate metaphor for choosing a life in cinema.