Caterina is a nun and has taken provisional vows for a month when she goes to a park when she meets a man who has found an abandoned baby boy and entrusts him to take him to the hospital. After doing so, Caterina begins to visit the little one and becomes attached to him so much that he tries to trace his mother through the sweater in which he was wrapped. This goes as far as Ernesto, forty-one, owner of a laundry left to him with his father's debts. Ernesto is unhappy with life and is all centered on his problems so as not to even remember the names of his collaborators. The boy's mother is perhaps Teresa, his former employee and Ernesto is perhaps the father. Thus began a crisis for Catherine as a nun and for Ernesto the awareness of not being the only unfortunate man on earth.Written by
Baldinotto da Pistoia
Warm, human, real -- all that is best about Italian film!!!
Had I known beforehand that this was a film about a nun who finds a baby in a park, I probably would have avoided it like the plague. Yet, from this premise that promises only the worst kind of sentimentality came the best film I'd seen in years. There is sentiment, to be sure, but it is earned -- superbly so -- by the honesty and intelligence of the performances, script and direction.
This film lets us spend time with ordinary, unforgettable people facing the simple, terrible problems of everyday life, first alone, and then together. It shows us that even those who think they are "not of this world" are bound to it by the humanity we share. It will make you smile in recognition, laugh at our follies and, I dare say, sniffle a bit as well. You may well find yourself lusting for a life-affirming, earthy experience at the end and, like one of the main characters, tearing into a bar of chocolate.
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