Rome, 1970s: a world suspended between neighbourhoods under construction and those still in black and white, and social achievements and family models that are now outdated. Clara (Penélope Cruz and Felice have just moved into a new apartment. Their marriage is over: they no longer love each other but can’t break up. Only their children, on whom Clara pours all her desire for freedom, keep them together. Adriana, her eldest, has just turned 12 and is the most attentive witness to Clara’s moods and the growing tensions between the parents but rejects the name Adriana and wants to be known as Andrew; a boy. All this brings the already fragile family balance to breaking point. While the children are waiting for a sign that might guide them - a voice from above or a song on the tv maybe - everything changes both around and inside them.
Bilingual programme notes written by our partner, Vivere L’italiano, are available to download here and can be collected from the Box Office at Riverside Studios.
Vivere L’italiano believe that the key to learning a new language is through its culture. Their native language teachers go beyond the textbooks and offer a chance for participants to soak up Italy’s culture by combining language skills with other important cultural aspects such as cooking, art and cinema, literature, and politics.
sexual threat, domestic abuse, discrimination, infrequent strong language
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Penelope Cruz, Vincenzo Amato and Luana Giuliani
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