Director: Silvio Soldini
Actors: Margherita Buy and Antonio Albanese
Release Date: September 12, 2007 (Italy), July 11, 2008 (USA)
My Score: 7 out of 10
What happens when you discover the financial foundation of your life is crumbling? Giorni e Nuvole (Days and Clouds) explores this in an authentic and moving way.
When Elsa steps on a piece of the lamp she broke the night before, we know something is wrong. While nursing a hangover from the surprise party her husband Michele threw for her, she learns that Michele has been out of work for months and the couple is quickly running out of money.
Elsa feels betrayed and struggles to adjust to the impact of their dwindling finances on her social status and interests. She must quit the restoration of an ancient fresco to work as a telemarketer by day and a secretary for a shipping company at night. Her struggle to adjust to the new role as provider is exhausting and isolating. Meanwhile, Michele falls into a paralyzing depression as he loses his identity as the breadwinner.
Solidini’s film is about what happens to a family when the material trappings and social status are stripped away. Is there enough underneath to endure?
Giorni e Nuvole shows a different side of Italy, one you won’t find on postcards. It is a noisy and grim place, full of people who struggle with the very real problem of “disoccupazione” (unemployment). It also a place of beauty, where frescos from the fifteenth century can be uncovered in a building in the middle of a gritty city.
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