A famous film family that is the very definition of drama
Roberto Rossellini, the most famous film director of Italian neorealism, was a genius of cinema and a conspicuously unconventional father. His love stories flooded the front pages of newspapers all over the planet, scandalising the rigid morality of the 1950s, and bringing to the world a large, proudly multi-ethnic and definitely extended family.
Alessandro, the first grandson of the great director, had a shaky career as a photographer and a long history of drug addiction. As the first grandson of a genius, he doesn’t feel he is living up to his surname. So, he decides to shoot his first film at 55, with self-conscious wit and irony laced with humour, forcing his family to an impossible therapy session in front of the camera.
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The film’s conversations are full of interesting insights into their relationships, revealing old disagreements, tragic moments in their lives, surprising anecdotes, but also good feelings.
Davide Abbatescianni, Cineuropa.org