Mia Madre (My Mother) Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Mia Madre (My Mother)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Stands to one side of its character.

  • Starring:

    Margherita Buy, John Turturro, Giulia Lazzarini, Nanni Moretti, Beatrice Mancini, Stefano Abbati, Enrico Ianniello, Anna Bellato, Toni Laudadio

  • Directed by:

    Nanni Moretti

  • Running time:

    107 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), NR (USA)


    Person punched repeatedly in the arm. Dangerous/careless driving, car driven into wall, apartment flooded. Theatrical film material of protest march, police in riot gear, civilians charging police line/being hit with batons, water cannon, mobbing car. Film riot scene; director questions why cameraman focuses so intently on the bashing. Object thrown in anger. An elderly lady collapses. Killing you/me mentioned. Arguing. Blood/gore: Corpse laid out on bed. Patient in hospital bed, IV drip, tracheotomy tube, finger monitor, oxygen mask. Medical procedures/illnesses mentioned (CAT scan, pneumonia, heart/lung strain).


    Flirting, hugging, propositioning. Movie pitch refers to an ambigious sexual relationship with a prisoner. Bare shoulders. Couple on bed together (clothed).


    Alcohol (beer, wine, champagne, spirits). Sip of wine given to minor. Prescription medication seen.


    F-words, s-words, a-words, p*ss. Name-calling, derogatory term for women. Religious exclamations.


    Mother-daughter relationships, family, illness, death, grief, filmmaking, bad dreams, emotional breakdown, geriatrics, industrial relations, politics, inauthenticity.


    Deceased mother, relationship breakups, job loss. Divorce mentioned. Son running away from home mentioned. Italian and English languages (subtitles).


    Moving, sensitive, touching, intimate, smart, enjoyable, warm, witty, seductive, affecting, delicate. Subtle/understated/career-best performance by Margherita Buy, entertaining/tasty performance by John Turturro, some bizarre comic moments, rich/detailed world, shaggy feel, rigorous construction, deeply personal.


    Unfulfilling, lethargic. Half-baked ideas, circular expositions, film-within-a-film idea is implausible, looks flat.

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