La nostra vita (2010)
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The movie La nostra Vita is a movie with a distinct theme: Survival and Hope. At first the movie may be a little hard to keep up with as one just gets thrown in between an Italian family and their famous rapid conversations. However, at the important key points in the story the appropriate time is taken and the results in many beautiful scenes.
For this movie some experience with film theatre style movies is required as one has to stay focused and there are some scenes with small fragile play at times through which the real story is told. For those with the patience there are many rewards: There are raw emotions, deep scenes and especially haunting ones.
It dawned upon me after leaving the theatre that there were a lot of ideas the director wants you to see. The main idea this movie made clear to me is the sense of awareness and feel of duty a single dad of 3 can have, despite his errors and flaw in character, in order to save his family. Small subthemes like corruption discrimination, raising of children and relations with family are present and make the movie a nice whole.
For me as a non-Italian I really like the opportunity i got to peek into another culture and to hear and experience their language. On a small sidenote the movie suffers from not so great music and is at times a bit chaotic which unfortunately lowered my score to an 8.
For anyone looking for a real movie experience this will be a nice recommendation!
The man at the center of the story, Claudio, a construction foreman, working on a housing complex, is ambitious. He is married and has two young boys. His wife Elena is expecting a baby so he wants to go on his own because he will stand to make a profit because of his experience. In order to fulfill his dream, he must borrow money. His next door neighbor, a paralyzed man with connections to shady characters proves to be the source he goes to secure a loan.
Claudio employs a lot of illegal workers from Eastern Europe, now making Italy their home. The savings with these men are good for what he wants to do, but he is at a disadvantage because the people he hires are not as skilled as his Italian counterparts. Prior to undertaking his venture, he makes the gruesome discovery of finding a dead man on an elevator shaft. The dead is from Rumania so his boss decides to bury him without going to the police.
To his surprise, Claudio is visited by Gabriela, the owner of a seaside cafe. She has brought Andrei, a young man, whose father was the man Claudio found in the shaft. He pretends to know nothing about the disappearance, but feels sorry for the youth, whom he offers a job in his new project. Elena, his wife, goes into labor. The difficult delivery ends up killing her. The question for Claudio is how is he going to cope in raising two boys and an infant.
To add to Claudio's problems, the building he has taken control in building runs into delays because of the unskilled people he employed. He finds out he is sadly behind with no prospect of finishing the housing development. Caludio's family rally around him in support. So when things got rough, they come to his help.
"La nostra vita" is a life affirming film with a positive message. Claudio realizes he has taken more than he should have, but his youth and enthusiasm meet whatever comes his way to face challenges and hurdles he encounters. Elio Germano does a terrific job for director Luchetti. This young actor clearly understood what Claudio was all about. Mr. Germano keeps impressing as he becomes one of the best actors of his generation. He is the whole picture and he deserves recognition for carrying the film on his shoulders, no small achievement. The supporting cast includes actors of the stature of Raoul Bova, an excellent performer, seen here as Piero.
We shall look forward Daniele Luchetti's future ventures in the cinema.