Mia Madre (My Mother) is the sort of picture you might see being made in Europe…but it’s far from the sort of movie you’d expect from Hollywood. After all, a film about a middle-aged woman who is nearing an emotional collapse is not big box office. And, it’s certainly not the sort of picture the target audience of 16-30 would rush to the theaters to see. However, if you are patient and give it a chance, you’re bound to get a lot out of this Italian film from director Nanni Moretti (who also co-wrote and co-stars in the movie).
When the story begins, Margherita (Margherita Bay) is having a very tough time in life. She’s directing a movie, just separated from her husband and is dealing with her mother’s impending death. To make things worse, the picture has an American star (John Turturro) who is having trouble delivering his lines in Italian…and Margherita is far from patient with the man.
Margherita Buy, John Turturro, Giulia Lazzarini
26 August 2016
Martin's Grade: A-
What follows is the progression of events in Margherita’s life…and the feeling that sooner or later, she’s going to snap. After all, to make all this even worse she’s middle-aged…a time which is tough on all of us…and a time of change. I should know…I am at that time in my life as well! And, I guess this is why I could relate to Margherita and her story so well.
While I wouldn’t rush to the theaters to see a film like Mia Madre, it’s perfect to see such a ‘little’ film at home on your television. It is not a sweeping saga and doesn’t need the big screen treatment…which is great since the movie is new to Netflix this month. It also, incidentally, received a nearly eight minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival…so I am apparently not the only one who liked it and recommend you see it!