Reflecting on his life and work in 1975, critic and filmmaker François Truffaut wrote: “Today, I demand that a film express either the joy of making cinema or the agony of making cinema. I am not at all interested in anything in between; I am not interested in those films that do not pulse.” That joy and that agony form the heart of Nanni Moretti’s latest comic drama, Mia Madre. Margherita Buy plays a filmmaker of the same name currently in production on a movie of social and political relevance — the workers of a Roman factory are striking against … Continue reading MIA MADRE


On the surface, Irene (Margherita Buy) has it made. As a luxury hotel critic, Irene jet sets across the globe, stopping at the most picturesque locations, staying at the most luxurious of hotels and dining on the most phenomenal of cuisines. And the best part about all of this, they pay her to do it. Nice work if you can get it. I imagine that when Irene was twenty, this was the glamorous life that she dreamed of. No attachments and no major responsibilities. Just the sheer pleasure of getting paid to travel. Now that Irene is pushing fifty, she’s … Continue reading A FIVE STAR LIFE