In Sala Verde for the PARENTAL EXPERIENCE section as an out-of-competition film was L’IMMENSITÀ by director Emanuele Crialese.
In Sala Verde for the PARENTAL EXPERIENCE section as an out-of-competition film was L’IMMENSITÀ by director Emanuele Crialese. In 1970s Rome, a young girl named Adriana lives together with her family composed of her younger siblings, Gino and Diana, along with her mother Clara and her partner. In this family dimension, Adriana senses that there is something wrong with her. She feels that her real identity, her true ‘self’ does not correspond to her outward appearance. For this reason she begins to call herself Adri and then Andrea, to dress in men’s clothes so as to hide her shape. Her mother Clara, no matter how hard she tries to support her, goes against a very violent man. To serve as background music, inside their home, the mother chooses the song Rumore by the great Raffaella Carrà.
The strength of the film L’IMMENSITÀ lies in the emotional power the story offers, showing several strongly emotional moments, such as the beginning of Andrea’s new awareness and the moments of domestic violence enacted by her mother’s partner.
Two stars in particular shine in the cast: Penelope Cruz as Clara, the protagonist’s mother, and Adriana herself, played by Luana Giuliani, in her first time in front of the camera.
An incisive role within the tormented story experienced by Adri is represented by TV, which is used as the only tool to escape from the heaviness of her reality. The songs of the myths of the 1970s, such as Patty Pravo, Adriano Celentano and the mentioned Raffaella Carrà, emphasize some scenes, leading the viewer not only to hum the lyrics, but also to identify more with what Crialese tells, in one his most personal film.