Directed by: Gianni Di Gregorio
Countries & Regions: Italy
Length: 75 mins
Region: Region 2
Released: 7 December 2009
Cat No: ART466DVD
Screen ratio 1:1.78
Dolby Digital 5.1
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Slice of Italian life comedy, as a middle aged man has to look after four elderly women for a few days. Still living with his ninety year... Read More
This understated film by Di Gregorio, co-writer of 2008’s Gomorrah, makes for a striking contrast with that gritty underworld exposé.
Gianni cares for his stately ninety-something mother in their cramped Roman apartment and is bribed into hosting three more elderly widows over the Italian religious holiday of Ferragosto. As he listens patiently to the complex details of their dietary restrictions and medicine doses, one might be forgiven for expecting some sort of senior-citizen creche comedy, but Di Gregorio has something more interesting in mind.
Tensions build in the summer heat: one of the women locks herself away, the TV becomes a bone of contention, and personality clashes loom, but the long-suffering Gianni handles everything like a seasoned diplomat, and the women begin to bond. The film’s mostly non-professional cast display a beautiful, slightly bewildered grace, in a story that gives us a view of old age filled with joy, dignity and acceptance.