Film - Anche libero va bene

Film - Along the ridge

cinema premiere may 2006


The story opens on a household in Rome, where single father Renato (Stuart) juggles responsibilities in his job as a cinematographer with his paternal obligations, which involve raising his son and daughter: teenager Viola (Marta Nobili) and primary schooler Tommi (Alessandro Morace). His valiant attempts in both areas, however, do little to compensate for his mercurial temper and sudden, vitriolic explosions of rage. The outbursts soon take their toll on both children; Viola delves into a rich adolescent fantasy world, while Tommi - more disturbingly - drifts into self-destruction (with suicidal walks along rooftop edges) and juvenile delinquency (slingshot attacks, directed at the neighbors). He fares littlebetter at school, grappling with a newfound infatuation on a female classmate that he has difficulty expressing appropriately, and backwardness around his male peers. The story takes an unexpected twist when the mother of the family, Stefania (Barbora Bobulova) returns, but her arrival reignites marital problems with Renato. Moreover, the latter's income declines sharply as he is fired from one job after another for irrational rants - further taking its toll on everyone.


Renato Benetti: Kim Rossi Stuart Stefania Benetti: Barbora Bobulova 'Tommi' Benetti: Alessandro Morace Viola Benetti: Marta Nobili Barzelli, il produttore: Sebastiano Busiri Vici Il regista: Alberto Mangiante Bodyguard di Barzelli: Massimo Vincenti


director: Kim Rossi Stuart cinematographer: Stefano Falivene production: Rai Cinema, Palomar screenwriter: Linda Ferri, Federico Starnone, Francesco Giammusso, Kim Rossi Stuart editing: Marco Spoletini


Davide di Donatello: best first time director Davide di Donatello (2007): official nomination: Best Producers Golden Globe 2006: Foreign Press Awards - Best First Film - Best Revelation Actor Cannes Film Festival: Directors’ Fortnight - Cicae Arthouse Prize Copenhagen International Film Festival: Best Director Cannes Quinzaine des Réalisateurs: in competition Best Revelation Actor Copenhagen Int. Film Festival: Best director European Film Awards 2006: official nomination: Best Film Ciak d'oro: best First Time Director and Best screenwriter