2006 – 35mm – colore – 102’


Direction: Paolo Franchi

Screenplay: Paolo Franchi, Daniela Ceselli, Michele Pellegrini

Cinematography: Cesare Accetta

Editing: Alessio Doglione

Set design: Gian Maria Cau

Music: Martin Wheeler

Costumes: Grazia Colombini

Cast: Elio Germano, Bruno Todeschini, Irène Jacob, Maria de Medeiros, Paolo Graziosi, Mimosa Campironi, Alexandra Stewart, Rinaldo Rocco

Producers: Beppe Caschetto, Anastasia Michelagnoli, Donatella Botti, Elda Guidinetti, Andres Pfaeffli

Production: I.T.C. Movie, Bianca Film, Ventura Film in collaborazione con in collaboration with Rai Cinema, Rti, Rtsi Televisione Svizzera



Bruno is 40 years old and, at first glance, he looks neither young nor old. He is a calm and reserved man who, however, hides some secrets. He has consulted a physician and his diagnosis shocked him: he cannot have children. But Bruno decides not to reveal it to his wife Anne, his only reason of life; he also hides from her that he owes a huge debt to Giorgio Neri, a loan shark concealed behind the façade of a respectable bank manager. The meeting  with Luca, an odd and reserved guy, suddenly awakens Bruno’s memories. Luca seems to have many secrets as well and, moreover, he knows everything about Bruno’s life, even about his debts with Giorgio Neri…



“The two lost characters are cleverly portrayed, with no sentimentalism. The psychoanalytic analysis is mirrored by the sexual intercourses, anxious of abandonment or also oniric, among the most daring seen so far at the Venice FF; by the settings of rooms and streets, by the winter tones of the story, where any salvation appears denied by the past, by the present haze, by the pain of depression. The actors are good (even the choices for some minor roles, such as Paolo Graziosi or Alexandra Stewart, are sophisticated) and the style of direction has a maturity closer to the European cinema than to the Italian one.” (Lietta Tornabuoni, La Stampa)


2007 Mostra di Venezia – Competition

2008 Golden Globes, Italia: Best Director