Italy

GARIBALDI'S LOVERS aka THE COMMANDER AND THE STORK
[Il comandante e la cicogna]

The latest from Silvio Soldini (BREAD AND TULIPS) is a comedic love story about two quirky individuals finding each other. Widowed plumber Leo (Valerio Mastandrea) does his best to raise his teenaged son and daughter, but is frequently at a loss, a fact he kvetches about late at night to the ghost of his deceased wife (Claudia Gerini)—whose fun-filled afterlife and I-told-you-so attitude about her husband's tribulations provide little comfort. Into his life comes starving artist Diana (Alba Rohrwacher), who has her own baggage, but perhaps together they can share the burden. Above it all presides the statue of Giuseppe Garibaldi, ruminating on the sorry state of the nation, and occasionally arguing with the neighboring monuments. Official Selection, 2012 Venice Film Festival.

DIR/SCR Silvio Soldini; SCR Doriana Leondeff, Marco Pettenello; PROD Lionello Cerri. Italy/Switzerland/France, 2012, color, 108 min. In Italian with English subtitles. NOT RATED L

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