(from the 2011 Aruba International Film Festival)
Directed by: Massimiliano Bruno
Written by: Massimiliano Bruno and Edoardo Falcone
Starring: Paola Cortellesi, Raoul Bova and Rocco Papaleo
A familiar scenario packaged in an Italian sitcom sensibility nonetheless exudes charm while touching on some of the more pressing issues of contemporary Western society, including unemployment and cultural integration.
Alice (Paola Cortellesi) is a real housewife of Rome, a 35-year-old mother of 9-year-old Filippo (Giovanni Bruno) with a beautiful home, immigrant servants and luxurious lifestyle all funded by her husband’s bathroom-fixture business. She’s as obnoxious and vacuous as her New York City or Orange County counterparts, until her husband suddenly dies, leaving her with a mountain of debt, the threat of jail time and, worst, the risk of losing her son. With little time to raise thousands of dollars and no job skills to speak of, she turns