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Director:  Marco Bellocchio

Length:  134 mins

Cast:  Valerio Mastandrea, Berenice Bejo, Guido Caprino, Emmanuelle Devos, Barbara Ronchi, Fabrizio Gifuni, Linda Messerklinger

Genre:  Drama

Language:  In Italian with English subtitles

Synopsis

Sweet Dreams is a touching story based on Massimo Gramellini’s autobiographical best-seller of the same name that explores how the death of a mother can have a profound effect on her young son, so profound that it takes him half a lifetime to fully come to terms with it.

Young Massimo (Nicolò Cabras, a great find) is adored by his mother (Barbara Ronchi), even though her melancholic stares signal early on that something’s amiss. One night, Massimo is woken by his father’s cry, and his mother is never seen again. When his family ambiguously explains that she has died of a heart attack, the confused young boy refuses to accept his mother’s disappearance. Cabras’ honest and wide-eyed performance is heartbreakingly moving and the film aptly depicts a young boy’s experience of a life which is suddenly consumed by this void. The confusion that abruptly develops from his loss persists through adulthood and as his life forces him to deal with old wounds he must also learn to confront what exactly happened the night his mother vanished.

 

OFFICIAL SELECTION

  • Directors' Fortnight Opening Film - Cannes Film Festival 2016

 

SCREENINGS

 

The Bridgeway, Auckland

Wednesday 6 September - 6.00pm

Sunday 10 September - 11.00am

Book Tickets Here

 

The Empire, Wellington

Tuesday 7 November - 12.00pm