Il Cinema Ritrovato 2017 – review – LE MOGLI E LE ARANCE (Luigi Servienti, Lucio D’Ambra, Luigi Sapelli, 1917, Italy)

“Dolce far niente” is an Italian expression that literally means “doing sweet nothing.” It refers to a blissful lazines that, in Italy, is particularly attached to the South. Lucio D’Ambra’s Le Mogli e le Arance may be the best cinematic representation of this phrase to date. Though the film is often credited as directed by…

Locarno 2017 – review – TOMORROW AND THEREAFTER (“Demain et tous les autres jours,” Noémie Lvovsky, 2017, France)

Mathilde (Luce Rodriguez) is a nine-year-old girl whose parents have recently separated. She lives with her mother (Noémie Lvovski), a fragile lady who has a tendency to lose touch with reality; though she is a loving mother, this disposition prevents her from taking care of her daughter properly. It is, in fact, Mathilde, who often…