The scorching summer heat beats down on a sterile residential estate in the suburbs of Rome. Many families live here that no longer belong anywhere. There is a mysterious sense of unease that can explode at any moment. Parents are constantly frustrated because they are not from abetter suburb, and the kind of middle-class life they had hoped for is beyond their reach. But their children are the real protagonists of the shock wave that propels the entire estate towards collapse. The D’Innocenzo brothers have created a wild and astonishingly mature film that combines the bitterness ofKurt Vonnegut’s vision of America with the kind of folksy, humane sense of irony familiar to us from the work of Sergio Citti. An almost ancestral rage glimmers in the relationships and events portrayed in the directors’ rigorous mise-en-scène. An unreliable narrator guides us, sweetly and sarcastically, through this dark fairy tale. A story about women and men who see their hopes and dreams falling by the wayside all too soon.
In Italian with English subtitles. Available only in the US.