We open on a dark, snowy night in northern Italy—and begin at the end. Approaching a stranger’s tragic death from three vastly different perspectives, the lives of two families, at first only loosely linked by their teenagers’ relationship, overlap in multitudinous ways to devastating effect. Valeria Golina and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, two of Italy’s leading actresses, star in a story based on Stephen Amidon’s best-selling book of the same name that twists love, class, and ambition into a singular, true-life story. As the players tumble toward an ill-fated event of which they are inextricably linked, Paolo Virzi’s refined three-chapter tale reveals a cultural and systemic disparity in the value of human life.
Length: 110 minutes
Director: Paolo Virzì
Screenwriter: Francesco Bruni, Francesco Piccolo, Paolo Virzì
Producer: Fabrizio Donvito, Marco Cohen, Benedetto Habib
Editor: Cecilia Zanuso
Associate Producer: Lorenzo Gangarossa
Cinematographer: Jérôme Alméras
Executive Producer: Benedetto Habib
Composer: Carlo Virzì
Co-Producer: Philippe Gompel, Birgit Kemner
Cast: Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Valeria Golino, Fabrizio Gifuni, Luigi Lo Cascio
Italian writer, director, and producer, Paolo Virzì, made his directing debut in 1994 with Living It Up (La bella vita), which was presented at the Venice Film Festival. Among his film credits, Ferie d'agosto (1995) won the David di Donatello Award for the best film of 1996, and Hardboiled Egg (Ovosodo) (1997) won the Grand Special Jury prize at the Venice Film Festival.