Mia Madre

Synopsis: These are hard days for Margherita, who is going through a very difficult period in her life. On a professional level first, the middle-aged film director, has started wondering whether the committed movies she has been making are really an actual reflection of the world she lives in ; on top of this, she is in conflict not only with her crew but also, and primarily, with Barry Huggins, a well-known American actor of Italian origin, who proves awfully bad and uncontrollable. On the personal level, things do not get any better - it could even be said they are worse. Margherita has just left her life partner and she has become unable to relate to her teenage daughter. As for her mother, she is now seriously ill and her doctor tries to prepare her brother and her for the worst. Which is unacceptable to the weakened woman who can find salvation only in denial of reality. Will she manage to face up to the facts and to come to terms with herself?
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Nanni Moretti
  11 wins & 23 nominations.
106 min

My mother


Right to Work for All!

Right to Work for All!



Was Huggins' stand-in visible?

- Margherita, I don't think so.

- He should be, we pay him.

He's obviously not Huggins!

He stays in the car.

Bruno, okay, but sometimes

the framing's a bit empty.

- With all our extras!

- I'll place them differently.

- Who's the sadist on camera 2?

- Sandro.

Why did he close-in on the blows?

Let's go see it.

C'mon! Vittorio,

what are you doing?

Come and see it.

let's get them

dried off and changed.

- Were you on camera 2?

- Yes, why?

Don't close-in on the blows.

- It takes the audience into it.

- I don't want them into it.

It's better!

I don't want people

to feel sick and turn away.

- You like the bashing, I don't.

- Why say that?

- Go see it.

- Did you like the water?

- Water?

- That effect against the light...

- It's really nice.

- Sure, nice... but go see it.

- We do another take?

- Yes.


Why, do you think, Sandro...

loves to film in the middle

of the bashing?

Maybe to give you

more framing in editing.

You don't... Does he want to be

the cop or the worker?

Would he rather bash or get bashed?


The slogan:
"Work, Work"

or "Right to Work for All"?

Isn't it better to shout "Shame"?

"Shame" is awful,

"Right to Work" is good.

I'll hurry.

I want something good for my mother,

in the hospital they always

feed her the same things.

I don't know,

how's the eggplant parmesan?

- Maybe a little rich.

- Right.

Then a chicken breast

and two rice croquettes.

- Are they hot?

- I'll heat them.

This is finished, we'll change it.

Call, if you need me.

So, how were these two clays'?

Yesterday I did very little shooting,

just close-ups.

I argued a little with everyone.

But today I shot a tough scene,

the workers occupying the factory,

with lots of extras.

Did it work? Are you pleased?

The assistant director said it did.

What made you think of a film

about people losing theirjobs!

Mom, it's not a sad film,

it's full of energy, hope.

- It is?

- Yes!


- Really!

- I believe it.

- No, you don't!

- Sure, I do.


They're all too intelligent here,

it takes someone a little dumber

to lift morale.

Who do you mean, Mom?

Everyone, they always say:

"You must do this...

No, you mustn't do that!"

That's how it is in hospitals.

I look awful today.

- I don't think so, do you?

- No, the opposite.

So, pasta with tomato and basil,

but today it's macaroni.

The noodles were

a little gluey the last time.

- And a sea bass.

- The bones?

I've filleted it all.

I've filleted it all.

The sauce is still hot,

please check it.

Parmesan. Are those pastries?

- No, those...

- Hospital things?


Just a little parmesan.


Let's go.

Good, well done!

These are yours too.

We know how things are.

- We've already decided.

- No, you've decided!

Why not when the film's done?

That's exactly why

our situation needs clarity.

- Can we have dinners together?

- I don't know.

You'd like that too!

Just sometimes, what's it cost you?

Vittorio, don't you have

the slightest dignity?

- Hi, Mom!

- Hi.

They say this film's really good.

Hi, Giovanni.

Margherita, do something new,


break at least one of your patterns.

One out of two hundred!

Can't you let yourself go sometimes,

lighten up a little?



You don't know how you hurt

the ones you love.

Then they get boring

and you sweep them from your life.

That's not true!

Margherita, you're always defensive,

you just see the bad side,

you make me feel ridiculous

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Nanni Moretti

Giovanni "Nanni" Moretti (Italian pronunciation: [ˈnanni moˈretti]; born 19 August 1953) is an Italian film director, producer, screenwriter and actor. The Palme d'Or winner in 2001, in 2012 he was the President of the Jury at the Cannes Film Festival. more…

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