LOVE LIES KIDS...& DOGS
UOMINI DONNE BAMBINI E CANI
- Genre: COMEDY
- Duration in minutes: 93 min.
- Year of Production: 2003
- Status: COMPLETED
At 20 they marry for love and with a child in the way.Anna is determined to create a large family. Giovanni works long hours to support the lot. But have they ever questioned themselves if their goal in marriage is one and the same? 18 years, five children and several dogs later, they are forced to face reality
Rome, the 60’s. Giovanni and Anna were married young and in just twelve years had five children, the fruit of her desire above all. Just like nearly all the women of her generation and the preceding ones, Anna is dedicated to her husband and family as a purpose in life, a choice only partially dictated by her will. Society, then strictly organised in a clear-cut division of duties and roles of the sexes, didn’t allow great margins of choice for women.
Yet ever since she was young, Anna exalted her fate as wife and mother, enriching it with an infinity of expectations and romantic, sentimental dreams towards her husband. These dreams never came true, aspirations that Giovanni dodged and disappointed. Actually Giovanni is not the prince in shining armour to share the sacrifices and satisfactions of a family, nor the sentiments of a couple in tune with each other. He is a determined, ambitious man, more interested in his professional and social realisation than in his children and romantic projects. Two objectives and two choices of life are in contrast, corresponding to the frequent contrast of intents between men and women, relevant even today.
This contrast weighs on the apparently festive atmosphere of their life, marked by the rituals and habits of the years of the “Italian economic miracle”, in a home crowded with children who grow up over the years, with grandparents, with dogs, and which is told through the sensitive eyes and interior reflections of Nina, a child of ten in the first half of the film, and an adolescent of sixteen in the second half. She is their second child.
Nina, who as an adult will belong to that generation of “new” women who deeply changed the way of living a femininity that had been consolidated up until then. From her observation point as a child, then as an adolescent, she analyses in amazement and worry the relationship between her parents, as well as that between the sexes through her siblings and friends, witnessing a way of living the role of woman, wife and mother which she doesn’t share with them, aware of a destiny apparently inevitable and for which she nurtures deep rejection.
Yet Nina has her own life to live, and when in the first half of the film she is a little girl immersed in the dimension of childhood, taken up with games and adventures with her brothers and sister, school, activities, in the second half she makes her first contact with the male world, has her first sexual experiences, has bitter clashes with her mother.
But just as she ventures into the adult world, her family is shattered by upsetting news that changes forever their equilibrium that so far had been maintained. Nina stops telling her story. The images of her wedding to her second husband, in the summer of 2002, bring us up to date on events where we had been left off at the end of the 60’s. They are all together again, now adult or elderly, with all their baggage of life, children, marriages, and dogs...
Shot on 35MM
Screen Ratio 1,1:66
Length in Meters 2.551
Number of reels 6
Sound mix DOLBY SR
DCP (Digital Cinema Package) Available Yes