Technically better made than most such cheap B-movies, based on Stephen King stories, but this is mostly annoyingly stupid and predictable.
And so this is the first film of the year which made me cry, crying for the fun and comedy, and esp. the grandious Valeria Bruni Tedeschi who is the best when playing herself. It reminded me a lot on her first film "Il est plus facile pour un chameau …", where also her mother plays her mother.
But behind all the slapstick and gags this is an extremely accurate depiction of the Italian mental institutions and their typical stories.…
Honestly, I didn't think this film couldn't be any good. This synopsis and this dreaded genre must just lead to an awful movie.
But Casey Affleck is different. He single-handedly saved this genre from death by filmschool.
It's a story about the power of stories, and how to prepare your child best for this world. Is the world full of terrible people or full of wonderful people? Nothing is just black and white as in bad movies.