Already a master auteur, this is Nanni Moretti’s best work ever, this tribute to his own mother is a perfectly balanced, artfully told story about grief, loss, and self-reflection. Nothing maudlin here, and though it is at times achingly sad, it’s not a cheesy tear-jerker. Moretti’s script and Buy’s performance as Margherita (Margherita Buy), the film director, put the viewer solidly into the story as observation turns to meditation. Buy’s character is the modern everyman; self-absorbed, impatient, and a bit removed from relationships in her life.
Their darling mother, played by Giulia Lazzarini, is delicately slipping away and wistfully noting her decreased capacity to function, but others remind Margherita and her brother, played by Moretti, that their Mamma had been a dynamic woman who changed people’s lives.
This (scary) crunchy mom (Alba Rohrwacher) loved her son to death, almost literally!
There were early signs of Mina’s (Rohrwacher) mental unbalance; her unwillingness to eat during her pregnancy was clearly something beyond ordinary morning sickness. But starving herself is one thing; starving the baby is another. Hungry Hearts will confirm every meat eater’s suspicion that vegans are evil food haters. As Mina’s phobias and idiosyncrasies grow stronger, Jude withdraws from the world in an attempt to focus on his child and protect him; but from what? Is Mina really trying to kill her child?
Lavoro o vacanza? Is she working or is she on vacation? (After all, they take a vacation as a family every year…).
Rosalba’s (Licia Maglietta) mid-life crisis is well-deserved. Her family forgets her at a rest stop but instead of waiting for them to come back and get her, she hitch-hikes to Venice for a little adventure.