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My Mother(Mia madre)

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Italy, France, Germany · 2015
1h 46m
Director Nanni Moretti
Starring Margherita Buy, Nanni Moretti, John Turturro, Pietro Ragusa
Genre Drama

Margherita, a director in the middle of an existential crisis, has to deal with the inevitable and still unacceptable loss of her mother.

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The Telegraph by

Turturro deserves four stars – but the rest of Moretti’s saggy melodrama is scarcely half as good.


Empire by Angie Errigo

Among the excellent principals, top-billed Turturro enlivens things wonderfully, but the real star, Buy, is magnificent.


Variety by Jay Weissberg

Moretti’s exploration of loss is unquestionably affecting, and My Mother has powerful moments, yet they’re not always well integrated with the broadly pitched moviemaking scenes, featuring a caricaturish John Turturro.


CineVue by John Bleasdale

Mia Madre is an intimate and sincerely made family portrait, which ends up betraying its own indifference to anything beyond the confines of the family.


Screen International by Lee Marshall

Its relatively tranquil surface, its small amusements (many of them revolving around a tasty turn by John Turturro as a histrionically insecure American leading man), its moments of touching, almost Sirkian melodrama, above all its ability to tease resonant themes out of seemingly inconsequential scenes or lines of dialogue, make for a film that is greater than the sum of its parts.


The Playlist by Oliver Lyttelton

As ever, Moretti creates a rich and incredibly detailed world, one where every character has a life that stretches far beyond their on-screen scenes.

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