This is the director’s second film set in his own suburb of Rome, the first being the much acclaimed Mid August Lunch.
Once again he plays a hapless, put upon middle aged man but this time he is married and has a teenaged daughter. His special empathy with older ladies is again in evidence. The crumpled persona he portrays is in the tradition of Jack Lemmon’s social victims and finds sympathetic recognition among older men.
The actress playing the mother Valeria De Franciscis is again outstanding as in Mid August Lunch, with grand support from her card playing, Krug swigging mature ladies.
This film is a minor gem.
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