In middle age, Gabriele has more or less come to terms with the way his life turned out. He didn’t become a rock star, but he sells musical instruments in the shop that once belonged to his grandfather alongside his goofy younger brother. Their free spirit of a father abandoned them as children, but he can be counted on to show up every so often, willing himself back into their good graces. Gabriele’s wife left him too, but they share custody of a precocious 10-year-old, Sofia, whom Gabriele adores. Only Mara, the one who got away, elicits stray thoughts of discontent.
When Mara returns home after years of travel as a photographer, then, Gabriele is thrilled for a second chance. There’s only one problem: She has a strong aversion to children. How long can he keep her in the dark about Sofia? As awkward moment after awkward moment unfolds in this sweet comedy from Italy, director/co-writer Guido Chiesa explores the idea that the better part of love—for romantic partners, family members, and oneself—is unconditional acceptance.
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: Maurizio Totti, Alessandro Usai | Editor: Luca Gasparini | Cinematographer: Emanuele Pasquet | Screenwriter: Giovanni Bognetti, Guido Chiesa, Nicoletta Micheli
Cast: Fabio De Luigi, Micaela Ramazzotti, Andrea Pisani, Caterina Sbaraglia, Shel Shapiro