Margherita is an Italian filmmaker whose high-flying career doesn't compensate for the turmoil she's struggling with in her everyday life. Her mother is in hospital terminally ill, and it isn't something she can readily accept. Meanwhile, her teenage daughter is more than a handful and their relationship is somewhat on the rocks. Directing her latest film isn't even a good enough distraction from her personal problems, because now she's got to work alongside a famous American actor named Barry Huggins who has no memory for lines and is virtually impossible to work with. Her brother Giovanni is there to support her, but even he knows she's got to change if she wants to see a positive outcome from all this.
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Slow is the best description for the film at first. It takes its time in establishing the habits of what appears to be a normal, happy family. Father and mother both work but still find the time to support their son and daughter through homework and after school activities. They laugh, spend free time together, and reprimand the kids for innocent wrongs with a sigh and soft pat on the shoulder. You get the feeling there is open communication and unconditional love amongst the foursome.
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