"Prepare yourself for suffering if you intend to be close to him." So speaks the mother of a young woman with severe disabilities, speaking to Gianni, the father of 16-year-old Paolo, himself developmentally disabled. Gianni abandoned the boy at birth, when the child's mother died, and Paulo's aunt and uncle have raised him. They have contacted Gianni and asked him to take Paulo to Berlin for a battery of medical tests. Images of people walking, running, skating, and dancing dot the screen as Gianni and Paulo get to know each other. Over a few days, Gianni tries to sort out his obligations and his desires. Will he accept his role as father to this engaging, mercurial, disabled youth? Written by
I've only watched it once so far, several years ago, but my memory of it is that it is the most painfully beautiful and bittersweet film that I've ever seen.
My sister didn't get the story because she has a difficult time accepting that imperfection is the only perfection. Also, she probably has a hard time accepting that someone might be dependent on someone else for a lifetime.
The actors are lovely.
Why should a review have a minimum of 10 lines? Another great Italian movie is "Pranzo di Ferragosto" ("Mid-August Lunch" in the American release.)
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