A film director has to cope with her dying mother and deal with a pompous American star on set and off in this tragicomic triumph by Nanni Moretti whose films include THE SON’S ROOM which won the Palme D’Or at Cannes 2001, DEAR DIARY that dealt with the filmmaker’s own battle with cancer, and WE HAVE A POPE about a cardinal reluctant to don the robes.Manohla Dargis in her NYTimes Critics’Pick review writes, “Love, death, cinema — they’re all there in “Mia Madre,” bumping up against one another beautifully.”
Her mother, a former classics teacher, is in hospital dying, but film director Margherita (Margherita Buy) must continue to forge on and shoot her feature film while trying to do her best for herself, her mother, and her rebellious teenaged daughter. John Turturro flies in to play a key role, and steals both Moretti’s movie and the movie within the movie, as an actor who forgets his lines, makes up new ones, argues and rants, and savors the chaos. Moretti leavens his tale of aging and death with traces of anarchic comedy – suggesting that mourning and joy can be intertwined.
(Italy / 2015 / Directed by Nanni Moretti)
R / 107 mins.