‘Mia Madre’

mia-madre-posterA film director is struggling to remain focussed on her latest feature with her mother seriously ill in hospital. Things are not helped by the leading man unable to remember his lines.

In its understated simplicity and slice of the everyday, Mia Madre is a beautifully observed story of loss and grief. Margherita Buy (The Caiman, His Secret Life) is superb as Margherita, a professional  woman needing to be in control but who therefore struggles to give voice to her emotions. It is only with her brother Giovanni (Nanni Moretti) she can be herself.

A bombastic, almost caricaturist, performance by John Turturro (Quiz Show, Barton Fink) as the (loud) Italo-American film star upsets the quietness of Mia Madre. Instead of light relief, Turturro undermines its intimacy, ensuring the two ‘parts’ of the storyline are never fully integrated.

Rating: 64%

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2 thoughts on “‘Mia Madre’

  1. CineMuse May 20, 2016 / 7:03 am

    I found this film quiet dense emotionally, leaning towards melodramatic as you might expect from a European director.

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  2. Keith Lawrence May 20, 2016 / 7:14 am

    I felt frustrated by the two distinct parts and the act they didn’t really integrate into a more cohesive singular narrative. The mother/daughter/brother storyline was deeply involving and emotional, but it became fractured as a result of Turturro.

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