Sweet Dreams

Variety.com give us the perfect review:

A middle-aged man is unable to overcome the loss of his mother when he was a child in this uneven tribute to the everlasting pull of “la mamma.”Italy’s famed devotion to the ideal of “mamma” is one of the peninsula’s notable characteristics, yet one would expect veteran director Marco Bellocchio to make something more of this national fixation than the teetering sentimentality of “Sweet Dreams.” Based on Massimo Gramellini’s successful novel, the film is composed of several exquisite stand-alone sequences unsatisfactorily strung together on a thin cord of mother love, in a story of a middle-aged man unable to overcome the loss of his mother when he was nine. Shifting between childhood vignettes suffused with a heart-warming glow and adult scenes of shut-down emotions and retarded development, “Sweet Dreams” will be Bellocchio’s most successful film at home for some time, but international play, despite probable sales, won’t be the stuff dreams are made of.

Advertisements