Laughing (Ride) | Denver Film Society | Valerio Mastandrea | Italy

Laughing

Ride

Valerio Mastandrea

Dark Comedy, Drama, Family Issues

ItalianEnglish SubtitlesItaly201890 min

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Overview

Carolina is preparing for her husband Mauro’s funeral tomorrow, but no matter how hard she tries—listening to their favorite songs, looking at photographs, listening to old voicemails, setting his place at the dinner table—she can’t shed a tear. The constant parade of grief-stricken ex-girlfriends, friends, neighbors, and childhood soccer teammates through her front door isn’t helping matters.


Meanwhile, the couple’s young son is spending the day practicing responses to the reporters he expects to see at the service in the hopes that, once he appears on television, his crush will finally agree to a date. Mauro’s elderly father, for his part, refuses to see his dead son altogether, instead reminiscing about his days working at the same factory where Mauro lost his life in an accident—a reaction that draws the ire of his youngest son, Mauro’s wayward brother Nicola.


Italian director Valerio Mastandrea weaves together the struggles of three generations to respond to a sudden and tragic death in his feature debut, which effortlessly straddles dark comedy and affecting family drama.


Sponsored by Anna & John J. Sie Foundation, Anna Maglione-Sie Endowment in Italian Culture University of Denver, Istituto Italiano di Cultura Chicago, University of Denver College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Languages & Literatures, DC Pie CO

Producer: Paolo Bogna, Simone Isola, Simona Giacci, Ermanno Guida, Valerio Mastandrea, Laura Tosti | Editor: Mauro Bonanni | Cinematographer: Andrea Fastella | Screenwriter: Enrico Audenino, Valerio Mastandrea
Cast: Chiara Martegiani, Stefano Dionisi, Milena Vukotic, Renato Carpentieri, Arturo Marchetti