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Sweet Dreams (2016)

Fai bei sogni (original title)
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Massimo's idyllic childhood is shattered by the death of his mother. Years later, he is forced to relive his traumatic past and compassionate doctor Elisa could help him open up and confront his childhood wounds.

Director:

Marco Bellocchio

Writers:

Massimo Gramellini (novel), Valia Santella (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Bérénice Bejo ... Elisa
Valerio Mastandrea ... Massimo
Fabrizio Gifuni ... Athos Giovanni
Guido Caprino ... Padre di Massimo
Barbara Ronchi ... Madre di Massimo
Dario Dal Pero Dario Dal Pero ... Massimo adolescente
Nicolò Cabras Nicolò Cabras ... Massimo bambino
Emmanuelle Devos ... Madre di Enrico
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mario Acampa ... Doctor
Pier Giorgio Bellocchio ... Desperado
Giulio Brogi ... Cavalieri
Roberto De Francesco Roberto De Francesco ... Padre Baloo
Piera Degli Esposti ... Madre di Simone
Dylan Ferrario Dylan Ferrario ... Enrico
Roberto Herlitzka Roberto Herlitzka ... padre Ettore Abisso
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Storyline

Always inseparable with his beloved and joyful young mother, 9-year-old Massimo, now has to endure the tremendous blow from her death and the insufferable burden of accepting his loss. But no, this can't be true, his mother could not have died of a sudden heart attack, moreover, she simply cannot be his guardian angel from heaven, because Massimo, strongly believes that his vital mother is very much alive, temporarily residing in the United States. As the years pass by, profoundly traumatised little Massimo still refusing to accept the tragic event, he will silently continue carrying grief's heavy load on his shoulders, growing up to become a distant and detached journalist who chose to shut down his emotions, not out of revenge, but in order to survive. However, inevitably, after the death of his father, Massimo will need to confront his past in the very source of his persisting anguish, his house, react to the pain, refuse to be a victim, and ultimately, face courageously a ... Written by Nick Riganas

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian | French

Release Date:

10 November 2016 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Dulces sueños See more »

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Budget:

€5,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital (as Dolby 5.1)

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The film was shot entirely in Turin and the filming began on 4 May 2015 and lasted eight weeks. See more »

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Ettore: 'If' is the mark of losers. In this life one grows up 'despite'.
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Deep psycholgical drama
25 February 2018 | by valadasSee all my reviews

A nine year old boy is deeply affected by his mother's death and keeps missing her very much. Even after reaching adult age he is upset by his memories of that. He becomes a successful journalist but is often panic- stricken and asking for help. The story develops itself through frequent flashbacks and flash forwards keeping our attention firmly attached to the action developmenr. The performers' acting is rather good and the movie good enough to be seen.


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