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Mia madre (2015)

R | | Drama | 26 August 2016 (USA)
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Margherita, a director in the middle of an existential crisis, has to deal with the inevitable and still unacceptable loss of her mother.

Director:

Nanni Moretti

Writers:

Nanni Moretti (story), Valia Santella (story) | 5 more credits »
11 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Margherita Buy ... Margherita
John Turturro ... Barry Huggins
Giulia Lazzarini Giulia Lazzarini ... Ada
Nanni Moretti ... Giovanni
Beatrice Mancini Beatrice Mancini ... Livia
Stefano Abbati Stefano Abbati ... Federico
Francesco Acquaroli Francesco Acquaroli
Anna Bellato Anna Bellato ... Attrice
Lorenzo Gioielli Lorenzo Gioielli ... Interprete
Enrico Ianniello Enrico Ianniello ... Vittorio
Toni Laudadio Toni Laudadio ... Produttore (as Tony Laudadio)
Tatiana Lepore Tatiana Lepore ... Segretaria di edizione
Pietro Ragusa Pietro Ragusa ... Bruno
Monica Samassa Monica Samassa ... Medico
Vanessa Scalera Vanessa Scalera ... Infermiera
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Storyline

These are hard days for Margherita, who is going through a very difficult period in her life. On a professional level first, the middle-aged film director, has started wondering whether the committed movies she has been making are really an actual reflection of the world she lives in ; on top of this, she is in conflict not only with her crew but also, and primarily, with Barry Huggins, a well-known American actor of Italian origin, who proves awfully bad and uncontrollable. On the personal level, things do not get any better - it could even be said they are worse. Margherita has just left her life partner and she has become unable to relate to her teenage daughter. As for her mother, she is now seriously ill and her doctor tries to prepare her brother and her for the worst. Which is unacceptable to the weakened woman who can find salvation only in denial of reality. Will she manage to face up to the facts and to come to terms with herself? Written by Guy Bellinger

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy | France | Germany

Language:

Italian | English | French

Release Date:

26 August 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Margherita See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€1,110,769 (Italy), 20 April 2015, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,098, 28 August 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$301,664, 30 October 2016
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Company Credits

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Sacher Film,Fandango,Le Pacte See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby (as Dolby 5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Much of John Turturro's performance was improvised. See more »

Connections

References Wings of Desire (1987) See more »

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Silouans Song
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Margherita is facing all those terrible challenges that come with life...and all at once.
29 January 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Mia Madre" is the sort of picture you might see being made in Europe…but it's far from the sort of movie you'd expect from Hollywood. After all, a film about a middle-aged woman who is nearing an emotional collapse is not big box office. And, it's certainly not the sort of picture the target audience of 16-30 would rush to the theaters to see. However, if you are patient and give it a chance, you're bound to get a lot out of this Italian film from director Nanni Moretti (who also co-wrote and co-stars in the movie).

When the story begins, Margherita (Margherita Bay) is having a very tough time in life. She's directing a movie, just separated from her husband and is dealing with her mother's impending death. To make things worse, the picture has an American star (John Turturro) who is having trouble delivering his lines in Italian…and Margherita is far from patient with the man. What follows is the progression of events in Margherita's life…and the feeling that sooner or later, she's going to snap. After all, to make all this even worse she's middle-aged…a time which is tough on all of us…and a time of change. I should know…I am at that time in my life as well! And, I guess this is why I could relate to Margherita and her story so well.

While I wouldn't rush to the theaters to see a film like Mia Madre, it's perfect to see such a 'little' film at home on your television. It is not a sweeping saga and doesn't need the big screen treatment… which is great since the movie is new to Netflix this month. It also, incidentally, received a nearly eight minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival…so I am apparently not the only one who liked it and recommend you see it!


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