2016, Italy-France, 102’, Color, Italian
Director: Paolo Virzi
Cast: Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Micaela Ramazotti, Valentina
Carnelutti, Elena Lietti
2016 Cannes Film Festival Directors’ Fortnight
A terrific road story with a rare sense of balance about two woman after their escape from a mental institution.
The lopsided but strangely beneficial friendship between two Italian women from opposite ends of the socioeconomic spectrum begins in a congenial halfway house for the mentally ill. Beatrice is a blabbermouth and a so-called billionaire countess who likes to believe she’s in intimacy with world leaders. Donatella is a young quiet tattooed woman, locked in her own mystery. They are both patients of a mental institution and subject to custodial measures. Paolo Virzì’s new film tells the story of their unpredictable friendship and their escape from the treatment constraints that will become a hilarious and moving adventure of two technically insane creatures, looking for a bit of peace and happiness in this open-air nuthouse, the world of healthy people.
As careless and “crazy” as they seem both have a meaningful purpose they hit the road for the sake of: one needs to clean her past to make a fresh beginning and the other seeks for her child which the laws have taken from her hands.