Me, Them and Lara

Synopsis: Father Carlo returns home after years spent in Africa in an humanitarian mission. Instead of getting the expected peace of mind with the help of his family, he'll face their problems: for instance, his father has married Olga a Moldavian woman much younger than him and Carlo's brother and sister are worried about the heritage or what's let of it.
Genre: Comedy
Director(s): Carlo Verdone
Production: Warner Italia
  2 wins & 9 nominations.
115 min


Ladies and gentlemen,

in a few minutes we'll land

in Rome's Da Vinci Airport.

Sir, your seatbelt and tray.

- Giulio!

- Carlo!

- How are you?

- Fine.

- How are you?

- You look good.

You've put on a bit...

Humidity puffs me up.

Let's go, you're expected.

Is Father Savastano here?


He makes me nervous.

Why? Don't be ridiculous.

This isn't the Holy Inquisition.

Let's go.

- Looks easy to you.

- Come on, Carlo!

A cup of coffee?

Thanks, Father.

No, thank you.

Sugar? You like it bitter like me.

The kitchen's new.

How did you pay for it?

Monthly rates.

At Lube's.

So, tell me about your new job...

It's part-time for now.

It's paid 10 euros per hour.

If I do well, they promised me

a renewable yearly contract.

So it's short-term?

- How's Father Thomas?

- Very well.

He's 60 km from my village,

always full of energy, indestructible.

He's a great man.

A great man indeed.

Go on, please.

You were saying?

The last years were particularly tough.

Heavy rainfall destroyed our homes

and the church.

Then rebels from the north came

and stole our supply of barley,

wheat and millet.

The usual adversities

of missionary life,

I'm not complaining.

The thing is that I have to be...

the headmaster,

the plumber, the shaman.

I don't know who I am anymore,

that's the problem.

I thought I was strong and motivated...

Truth is maybe I'm not.

Have you met anyone lately?

- Lately...

- In the past 2 months...

In the past 60 days...


Honestly, I don't feel the need for it.

I just care about finding

a better job...

and a more decent house.

Any problems with your celibacy?

Any troubling thoughts?

Don't be afraid, Carlo.


Thoughts that have remained thoughts.

That's fine.

It's normal.

Let's get to the point.

Try to explain.

Father, I think my village needs

civil protection

rather than divine protection.

Maybe I can't hear

the Lord's voice anymore.

I'm deeply confused, Father.

Lara, I know you're trying hard.

I need one last effort...

your situation is precarious,

we need

results, not promises.

Your depression has been

well taken care of.

The next time we meet

I count on a greater job stability.

We're getting there, don't be afraid.

See you soon.

Fine, thanks.

It's healthy to fear failure...

I'm glad you're here to talk about it.


Aren't you worried

I'm losing the faith?

You're not losing the faith!

This experience

will strengthen your faith.

You need to gather your thoughts,

to rest.

Return to your family.

- My family?

- Sure.

Take a short break...

We'll call it a secular break!

You know:

Once a priest, always a priest.



How are you?

- I'm happy.

- Great!

Did I forget you were coming?

No, you didn't, it's a surprise...

Did something happen?

Nothing serious...

Let's say... something new,

some important changes.

Talking about something new,

I have big news!

- Really?

- Yes.

This room is different.

Yes, something's different.

Sit down.

You're so tanned!

- I'm back from Africa!

- Had fun?

Well, I wouldn't call it fun...

I don't know how to say this.

I'm going through a complicated time.

I must admit that on my way here,

I thought

I might disappoint you.

Rolling a joint?

- No. I quit.

- You quit?

I'm kidding!

Dad, I don't how to tell you,

but I'm having a crisis

regarding my oath.

Talking about oaths,

I have something to tell you.

Lately there have been

very strong signs.

I feel that I'm losing my faith.

Even a marriage with God

doesn't last forever.

It happens...

See how things go?

Some lose their faith in marriage,

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Francesca Marciano

Francesca Marciano (born Rome, 17 July 1955) is an Italian writer and actress. She was the recipient of the Rapallo Carige Prize for Casa Rossa in 2003. more…

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