Italian Contemporary Film Festival: A CASA TUTTI BENE (THERE IS NO PLACE LIKE HOME)

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A big family that like any other one includes relatives that see each other often and others that rarely meet, reunite to celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of grandma Alba and grandpa …See full summary »


Gabriele Muccino

The Italians are known to be hot-blooded people.  In A CASA TUTTI BENE (direct translation: At Home, Everyone is fine), a big Italian dysfunctional hot-blooded family celebrate a Golden Anniversary on an island.  Alba and Pietro have been married for 50 years.  They live on an island.  To celebrate, they invite their children, their wives,, ex-wives, children and other assorted relatives to attend.

  A recipe for disaster, especially when a storm brews and ferry services are cancelled with the dysfunctional family unable to leave the island.  Envies, jealousies, past loves surface.  At one point, even Pietro screams, when things get too out of hand: “When are they going to get off this fucking island?”  Though the setting sounds like a perfect comedy premise, there is more drama than laughs.  It takes a while for the audience to figure out who is who and who is related to whom and what each quarrel is about.  The film does not always work (the tacked on happy piano sequence), but when it does, the characters really grab you. 

One cannot help but feel sorry for some of them.  Everyone deserves to be happy .  But director Muccino deftly manoeuvres his film effectively with some good dramatic set-pieces.  His film seems to work as the film became number one at the Italian box-office two weeks in a row when it first opened.



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