Guido (Luca Marinelli, The Last Earthling IFF12) is a young man who spends his nights as a hotel porter reading his much-loved classical books. In the morning, he goes home to deliver breakfast in bed and make love to his beautiful girlfriend Antonia (Italian pop singer Thony, aka Federica Victoria Caiozzo). After six years together they are still desperately in love, but one thing is missing – a child.
When they fail to conceive, the couple begins to seek advice from doctors and friends, testing and re-testing to discover why they can’t fall pregnant. Antonia, whose music career is fading, becomes obsessed with forming a family, and in doing so endangers her nurturing relationship with Guido.
Exceptional performances from both charismatic leads bring poignancy and humour to a film that deals with a difficult, but all too common story. The Italian pop singer Thony exposes a raw truth to her role as a desperately sad mother in waiting, and Marinelli, who also appears in this year’s opening night film The Great Beauty, is especially sympathetic as a man whose simple life of good books and true love becomes very complicated.
Not screening in Byron Bay.