AN ITALIAN NAME
Original Title: IL NOME DEL FIGLIO
Running Time: 94min
Film Year: 2015
Category: Knight Competition
What’s in a name? The heft of a particular generation’s self-doubt, as it turns out. The latest from veteran director Francesca Archibugi marks a robust return to sophisticated comedy for the Italian cinema, fusing the spirit of vintage commedia all’italiana with new, decidedly modern concerns.
Liberal university professor Sandro and his wife Betta share a gorgeous Roman apartment and a charmed life with their two adorable children. Having learned that her brother Paolo, a handsome, funny, successful real estate broker, is expecting a child with his new wife Simona, Betta organizes a dinner party to celebrate.
Tension is palpable from the beginning, and the razor-sharp zingers fly. Simona, a celebrity author, arrives tardy as she’s been doing press for her latest trashy romance novel. Sandro, ever the cultivated snob, can barely conceal how offensive he finds Simona’s mere presence, despite the fact that his own artistic output has been reduced to authoring pithy tweets. The biggest feud of all, however, comes when Paolo unveils the name he has chosen for his unborn son, demolishing the patina of order as deferred dreams and suppressed disappointments come roaring out of slumber. –Jaie Laplante
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Director: Francesca Archibugi
Producer: Marco Cohen, Fabrizio Donvito, Benedetto Habib, Andrea Occhipinti
Screenwriter: Francesca Archibugi, Francesco Piccolo
Cinematographer: Fabio Cianchetti
Editor: Esmeralda Calabria