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)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    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).

  • SEX/NUDITY:

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

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

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

  • LANGUAGE:

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

  • THEMES:

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

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

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

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    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.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

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

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