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|Originaltitel:||Fai bei Sogni|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 130 Min|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
1999: Massimo (Valerio Mastandrea) was just a nine-year-old boy (Nicolò Cabras) when he lost his mother (Barbara Ronchi). His father (Guido Caprino) was never able to close the gap caused by his mother's death. Massimo does not know what actually happened on that fateful night thirty years ago. But it seems to have triggered a trauma in him that has made him incapable of any kind of relationship to this day. But then the journalist meets the enchanting Elisa (Bèrènice Bejo), who evokes feelings in him that he has never felt before. But he soon realizes that he has to go a painful way to solve the mysteries of his childhood if his love for Elisa is to have a chance…
"Dreum was Schönes" is the film adaptation of Massimo Gramellini's novel of the same name. It is a story about repression and coming to terms with the past. The Italian master director Marco Bellocchio has created these motifs with sensitive restraint and emotional complexity. In some scenes this seems extremely touching, in other moments it is a bit distanced and bulky. When Massimo's journalistic career is traced, it has a certain appeal. But there is also the impression that a few minutes less wouldn't have hurt the movie, especially as it's not always obvious what certain scenes contribute to the actual story.
However, just the scenes with the little Massimo, played great by Nicolò Cabras, are of such an emotional strength that they quickly make some length forgotten. Nevertheless, at the end of the day there is no really round overall picture. Rather, the whole thing seems like an episodic puzzle, which sometimes moves and entertains well, at other moments seems a bit tough and even trivial. Those who appreciate European arthouse cinema will be offered a wonderfully filmed drama that tells a very intimate and personal story, embedded in some important historical events. Massimo experiences this only marginally, before he is right in the middle of it as a journalist. That's interesting and stirring, but with over two hours it's a bit too long. And that's why the bottom line is that "worth seeing" only exists with some small restrictions!
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