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  • My Name Is Thomas

    My Name Is Thomas

    ★★½

    Traveling to the Almeria desert to seek for himself, an aging, solitary biker takes a stray teenage girl under his wing. Approaching his eighties, and 24 years after his last solo directing effort ("Botte di Natale"), Hill has lost none of his down-to-earth charm but he unpretentiously ventures into a more existential territory by having his protagonist reading a book of religious cult author Carlo Carretto - and finding the personal strength to face a painful loss. Up and coming Bitto is a revelation.

  • Un figlio a tutti i costi

    Un figlio a tutti i costi

    As his wife's biological clock ticks away making her desperate for pregnancy, a 50-something accountant accepts to try increasingly humiliating ways to let her have a baby. Film adaptations of a long-running stage play is expected to benefit from some fine-tuning after repeated performances, but "Un figlio a tutti i costi" lines up an unfunny gag after another in a poorly structured series of awkward sketches that even fail to create characters anyone could feel sympathy for.

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  • We All Loved Each Other So Much

    We All Loved Each Other So Much

    ★★★★★

    Three war-time friends, and the girl they all fall for, live through 30 years of Italian history. Originally designed as a homage to Neorealism, a film that grew into a masterful compendium of Italian Comedy. Scola and co-writers Age and Scarpelli pack more ideas into it than most filmmakers produce in a lifetime and yet the film unfolds naturally combining sheer emotion with an accurate (and, to this day, unsurpassed) map of the way the social texture of Italy evolved after WWII. Stellar cast has never been greater. A cornerstone.

  • Hard to Be a God

    Hard to Be a God

    ★★★★½

    Hardly fathomable adaptation of Arkady and Boris Strugatsky's philosophical Sci-Fi novel lures viewers into a watching tour de force of constant, ever-changing, chaos in motion. A 3-hours, black and white exploration of decay taking place in a muddy, rainy, alien medieval planet where characters wander aimlessly, expel body fluids, and invariably get interrupted even in the most menial tasks. An extraordinary, irritatingly challenging, film experience that requires some radical film-watching commitment in order to be enjoyed.

    Previously filmed by Peter Fleischmann in 1990: letterboxd.com/albertofarina/film/es-ist-nicht-leicht-ein-gott-zu-sein/