2016, İtaly-France, 131’, Color, İtalian
Director: Marco Bellocchio
Cast: Bérénice Bejo, Emmanuelle Devos, Valerio Mastandrea
2016 Cannes Film Festival Directors’ Fortnight Opening Film
Who told you the reality is more honest than dreams?
A boy’s grief over his mother’s death is prolonged by family lies in director Marco Bellocchio’s adaptation of a journalist’s bio.
Based on the autobiographical tale of the journalist, this is the story of a secret hidden in an envelope for forty years. The story of a child, and then of an adult who learns to face the greatest pain: the loss of his mother. “Sweet dreams” are the two exact words that little Massimo’s mother whispered into his ear while he was sleeping, before she took her last breath. Indeed, on the morning of 31 December 1969 in Turin, the nine-year-old wakes up to discover that his mother has died from a massive heart attack. His life changes overnight. The explanations offered by his stern father will forever be ambiguous and evasive. And this shy little boy, who had found a radiant playmate and friend in his mother, is forced to grow up under that dark cloud of anguish. Becoming ever more introverted, he seeks refuge in his own imagination.