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|Original title:||A casa tutti bene|
|Production country:||Italien 2018|
|Running time:||Ca. 105 Min|
|Rated:||From 6 years|
It should be a harmonious, beautiful family celebration when Alba (Stefania Sandrelli) and Pietro (Ivano Marescotti) invite you to their golden wedding on the picturesque island of Ischia. But after all the guests are still striving for harmony in the beginning, the first tensions quickly arise. Son Carlo (Pierfrancesco Favino) gets to feel the bad sides of the jealousy of his wife Ginerva (Carolina Crescentini) as his ex Elettra (Valeria Solarino) was invited to the celebration. Sara (Sabrina Impacciatore), the daughter of the hosts, desperately tries to maintain the image of a happy marriage, while her husband Diego (Giampaolo Morelli) can't leave the island fast enough to travel to Paris to see his lover. And Sara's brother Paolo (Stefano Accorsi) uses the celebration to start a hanky-panky with his cousin Isabella (Elena Cucci). These are just a few of the seething hot spots of conflict that threaten to break out completely when the entire festival society is stuck by a storm on Ischia…
"At home it's the most beautiful" was a big crowd favourite in Italy, who was able to collect over 9 million euros at the box offices there. A successful home game for director Gabriele Muccino, who after some successes in Hollywood ("The Striving for Happiness", "Seven Lives") has returned to Italian cinema with the family comedy. At the beginning it is easy to understand why the film attracted so many people to the cinemas in Italy. Muccino succeeds very well in introducing the many different characters with their relationships and conflicts among each other. Despite the many different characters, one never feels overwhelmed as a viewer and is carried through the first act with a humorous lightness.
The stormy atmosphere, which makes a return trip to the mainland impossible, is also really captivating and becomes something like a character of its own in the story. And with the burgeoning love affair between Paolo and Isabella, there is also a real romantic tingling in the action. It's all very predictable and well known, but it works really well. Until after about an hour the whole thing degenerates into emotional chaos and hysterical arguments. What was just charming and funny suddenly only seems annoying, exaggerated and extremely exhausting.
Sure, the smouldering conflicts must break out, otherwise the film itself would be completely pointless. It would only have been nice if Muccino had also translated this aspect of the story with a little more restraint, feeling and not quite so rough humour. The problem is that because of this completely exaggerated hysteria some actually very emotional moments lose any credibility. So "home is at its best" unfortunately can't keep what the good beginning promises. A good cast of actors and some very nice snapshots save the whole thing from a complete collapse, so that at the end it's still enough for a decent "sight worth seeing".
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