Remember Me, My Love

on September 03, 2004 by Susan Green
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Family dysfunction is thoroughly tragicomic in "Remember Me," Gabriele Muccino's interesting take on the shared discontent of upper middle-class parents and their two teenage kids. Giulia (Laura Morante of "The Dancer Upstairs") has grown distant from her husband Carlo (Fabrizio Bentivoglio). Their slinky, narcissistic daughter Valentina (Nicoletta Romanoff) dreams of becoming a scantily clad chorus girl on a TV variety-game show. Her brother Paolo (Silvio Muccino, a young Russell Crowe look-alike) is obsessed with a girl who shows little interest in him.

Giulia's low self-esteem is boosted when she successfully auditions for a play that would return her to the acting profession. When Carlo falls willingly into the arms of a former girlfriend (Monica Bellucci) who's also now married with children, the moral seems to be that you can't go home again. Or can you? Cinematographer Marcello Montarsi's crisp images make all the sturm und drang a pleasure to observe. Starring Laura Morante, Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Monica Bellucci, Nicoletta Romanoff and Silvio Muccino. Directed by Gabriele Muccino. Written by Gabriele Muccino and Heidrun Schleef. Produced by Domenico Procacci. An IDP release. Comedy/Drama. Italian-language; subtitled. Unrated. Running time: 125 min

Tags: Starring Laura Morante, Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Monica Bellucci, Nicoletta Romanoff, Silvio Muccino, Directed by Gabriele Muccino. Written by Gabriele Muccino, Heidrun Schleef, Produced by Domenico Procacci, IDP, Comedy, Drama
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