While on a visit to his native seaside region in southern Italy, wealthy Turin businessman Luigi is moved by the recent tragedy of a distant relative. Teenaged Rosario's mother has been murdered and his father is in prison. Through the good intentions of Luigi, Rosario is unenthusiastically brought north to Turin in a home for troubled teens run by charismatic priest Don Lorenzo. When Luigi awkwardly pushes Rosario onto his sullen teenaged son Matteo, a friendship between the boys reluctantly, but poignantly, takes shape. When Rosario's strong presence begins to inspire the confused Matteo to rebel against his father's authority, Luigi's deep-rooted complexes about his origins resurface. The fragile trust between the three of them is threatened as the emotional barriers between cultures, classes and generations become more evident…
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Director Mimmo Calopresti, with two successful films behind him (“La Seconda Volta” and “Notes of Love”), has now confirmed the hopes placed in him. He has emerged as a major figure on the Italian film scene. His great quality is his trust in the audience’s intelligence. He deals with human weaknesses without being heavy-handed or moralizing. A hesitant gesture or glance are often enough to spark emotion, to express the difficult relationship between father and son, or to delicately convey the turmoil of adolescence. This is a subtle, accurate, poignant film.”
Laurent Djian, “L’Evénement du Jeudi,” May 18, 2000