Latest posts by John P. Harvey (see all)
- Jojo Rabbit — Palace Cinemas — January 2020 - January 20, 2020
- Timely 'The Biggest Little Farm' doco is a work of immense joy, and offers how we might learn not merely to get along with Mother Nature but to become best friends - January 17, 2020
- Potterfest — Palace Cinemas — December 2019 - December 10, 2019
After 13 years of unbroken parenting while her husband, Antonio (Fabio De Luigi — Tiramisù; It’s All About Karma) takes her homemaking for granted, Giulia (Valentina Lodovin — Welcome to the South; Figli del Destino) realises that her sister is right: she needs a holiday. So for ten days, while Giulia and her sister reprise a past visit to Cuba, Antonio gets to know his children and to learn what it takes to feed, clean, and educate them and transport them to and from their schools. Meanwhile, though, his boss at work piles on the pressure with competition from an ambitious new colleague for his position, and Antonio’s anxiety to retain his position leads him to a decision he’ll come to regret.
Looking after the children is not the joy Antonio may have expected, either. His son, the middle child, delights in using his very young sister as a target in military games, and his eldest has already discounted all possibility that he’ll cope with everyday things. And a serious injury to his housekeeper–nanny necessitates hiring a new nanny whom he would like to help overturn an injustice.
The story is familiar, of course, in its general outline. But some original twists offer surprises and delights, and by and large its many very likeable characters will have you hoping they’ll find their ways through their problems. And their best antics make for genuinely funny viewing by all.