Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.
Original title: Un Giorno Perfetto
Italy, 2008. Fandango, Rai Cinema. Screenplay by Ferzan Ozpetek, based on the novel by Melania Gaia Mazzucco. Cinematography by Fabio Zamarion. Produced by Domenico Procacci. Music by Andrea Guerra. Production Design by Giancarlo Basili. Costume Design by Monica Gaetani. Film Editing by Patrizio Marone.
A struggling single mother (Isabella Ferrari) has a lot to contend with: in one day she loses her job, faces her abusive ex-husband and then looks for her children after he picks them up from school without telling her. Meanwhile, her little boy’s best friend at school is a girl whose politician father is seeking re-election and whose young mother is having the hots for her stepson. The connection between these stories is never fully justified, and despite good performances (especially Ferrari, who plays damaged really well) nothing in the story ever makes itself memorable or compelling to the viewer. Director Ferzan Ozpetek tries once again to ape Almodovar’s style of small arcs and poignant moments of artistic flair but comes up with nothing notable. By the time you get to the scene where the stepson has painted a mural of his beloved, you might be inclined to laugh out loud.
Toronto International Film Festival: 2008
Venice Film Festival: In Competition