Rome, 1976. Valerio is ten years old and has a lively imagination. His life as a child is turned upside down when, with his mother Gina, he witnesses an attack on his father Alfonso by a terrorist group. From that moment on, fear and a sense of vulnerability leave a dramatic mark on the feelings of the whole family. But it is precisely in those difficult days that Valerio gets to know Christian, a boy not much older than him. Solitary, rebellious and shameless, he seems to have appeared out of nowhere. That meeting, in a summer filled with discoveries, will change their lives forever.Written by
Canon y mus
The film is inspired by the real-life attack on the Rome's police force, including the director's father Alfonso Noce who was the deputy police commissioner at the time. The attack was conducted by the Armed Proletarian Nuclei (NAP) - Southern Italy's most powerful left-wing terrorist organization in the early 1970s. It happened on December 14, 1976 with NAP members opening fire on police officers from a van. See more »
A white Mercedes-Benz estate (S123) in the background scenery did not exist until April 1978 when it entered into the production and went on sale. See more »
A very well made auto-biographical film of the director, with good performances to boot
Very likable tale of a young boy's friendship with another--thankfully without sexual undercurrents. It also happens to be the director's own life story in a period when his father was under constant threat of being killed by terrorists in the line of duty. The two awards for the Best Actor (the father Alfonso's role by Favino) and the technical award for camera and lighting at the Venice Festival were well deserved. Two factors that raise questions: One, how is that Alfonso's body in the boat sequences does not show injury (real or part imagination) marks of the recent bloody shooting incident recollected by his son and, two, did Christian (the older boy) target Valerio (the younger boy) for friendship by design, if he knew the connection with his parents to Alfonso. A superior film when compared to two other awardee films at the Venice competition: "The New Order" and "Wife of a Spy." The cinematography was notable, too.
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