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(Fai bei sogni)
Italy, France 2016
In Italian with Finnish and Swedish subtitles
For audiences aged 12 and above
|With the innocuously titled Sweet Dreams (Fai bei sogni), Italian director Marco Bellocchio stages a gentle, eminently watchable return to some of the key themes that have haunted his 50 years of filmmaking, particularly the scarring left by a dysfunctional family and maternal love gone awry. The story of a 9-year-old boy who loses his beloved mother is a much simpler, more direct film than the thematically rich My Mother's Smile (2002), and has none of the churning family anger of Fists in His Pocket (1965). But based on journalist Massimo Gramellini's best-selling autobiographical novel, it has an emotional unity and urgency that holds the attention, only flagging in the last innings of a surprisingly compact drama running well over two hours.
Perhaps its underlying simplicity is what kept it out of Cannes competition and sent it to open the Directors Fortnight. Yet that is exactly the quality that should foreshadow strong art house sales for Match Factory. Valerio Mastandrea and Berenice Bejo headline a graceful cast, whose understated and ultimately moving performances give viewers a strong hook onto the story.
Deborah Young / The Hollywood Reporter
Director: Marco Bellocchio
Marco Bellocchio (born in 1939) is one of Italy’s number one directors and screenwriters. He is well-known especially for My Mother’s Smile (2002), Good Morning, Night (2003) and Vincere (2009). Several of his films have been featured at Espoo Ciné.
|Screenplay: Massimo Gramellin romaanin Fai bei sogni pohjalta Valia Santella, Edoardo Albinati & Marco Bellocchio
Cast: Valerio Mastandrea, Bérénice Bejo, Guido Caprino, Nicolò Cabras, Dario Dal Pero, Barbara Ronchi, Miriam Leone
Production: Beppe Caschetto / IBC Movie, Kavac, Rai Cinema, Ad Vitam
Sales: Future Film