Dir: Emanuele Crialese
Cast: Penélope Cruz, Vincenzo Amato, Luana Giuliani
97mins   2022   Italy | France   12A   Italian    Subtitled   

In 1970s Rome, Clara, a fun-loving mother who prefers to play around at the children’s table rather than socialise with the adults, whose seemingly carefree attitude conceals an inner darkness.

Having moved to a new apartment with her family – in a neighbourhood whose demolished buildings and rubble seem to mirror Clara’s fracturing state of mind – she must confront the fact that her marriage to Felice is over, and protect her children from his abusive behaviour.

Her 12-year-old, meanwhile, is having a formative summer of her own. She begins to question her gender identity, asking to be referred to by the male name Andrea as she figures out who she is.

'By turns wry and tragic, but never glib or mawkish, this is a visually rich and evocative drama about navigating the often treacherous path to adulthood' - Pat Brown, Slant

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