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The Staggering Girl (2019)

Not Rated | | Short, Drama | 15 February 2020 (USA)
Francesca, an Italian-American writer who lives in New York and must return to Rome to retrieve her aging mother.


Luca Guadagnino


Michael Mitnick




Cast overview:
Julianne Moore ... Francesca
Marthe Keller ... Old Sofia
Kyle MacLachlan ... Matteo / Bruno / Angelo
KiKi Layne ... Adut
Alba Rohrwacher ... Vera
Edoardo Gabbriellini ... Patrizio
Arianna Pesce Arianna Pesce ... Young Francesca
Mia Goth ... Young Sofia
Sergio Di Nitto Sergio Di Nitto ... Tony
Camilla Martellino Camilla Martellino ... Teen Francesca
Mariacarla Boscono Mariacarla Boscono ... Dancing Woman (as Maria Carla Boscono)
Dalma Callado Dalma Callado ... Dancing Woman
Simonetta Gianfelice Simonetta Gianfelice ... Dancing Woman
Fabrizia Sacchi ... Dancing Woman
Aurora Tallarico Aurora Tallarico ... Dancing Woman


Francesca, an Italian-American writer who lives in New York and must return to Rome to retrieve her aging mother.

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Short | Drama


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Luca Guadagnino's third collaboration in a row with cinematographer Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, following Call Me by Your Name (2017) and Suspiria (2018). See more »


Written by Bruno Lauzi
Performed by Franco Battiato
Universal Music Publishing Ricordi S.r..l
(P) 2002 Sony Music Entertainment Italy S.p.A
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A poetic and problematic reunion between a daughter and her mother
21 December 2020 | by danyburSee all my reviews

A woman (Julianne Moore) receives a call at her home in New York. She must return to Italy to convince her mother to move with her to the US She is a blind artist (Marthe Keller) who lives in a large house assisted by a caretaker (Kyle MacLachlan). The daughter is writing her memoirs, where her mother (the staggering-staggering-girl in the title?) May have a central role.

Luca Guadagnino offers us a sophisticated medium-length film with permanent jumps in its temporality and in its locations, which even overlap, with flashbacks intervened from the present; Valentino's wardrobe, Italian cityscape, and Ryuichi Sakamoto's music reinforce those dreamlike and fragmented qualities (like the title) of the story.

We witness the always difficult moment of resuming the role of daughter in person, in this case in front of a beautiful and talented mother (Mia Goth as a young woman and also Keller today) who became famous and who despite her limitations continues to create. The return to childhood at the same time as the role of an adult overextended by a declining mother. The story of both parades in front of the character of Moore and is headed towards a perhaps epiphanic end.

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