A Five Star Life

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A Five Star Life
Viaggio sola
Italy, 2013, 86 Minute Running Time
Topics: Comedy, Woman Director, Women
Program: World Cinema Now
Language: Italian English Sub-Titles

The remarkable Margherita Buy – who won the David di Donatello award (the Italian Oscar®) for this performance – is utterly compelling as Irene, a blithely solipsistic single woman in her 40s whose job consists of sternly and fastidiously evaluating, and roundly criticizing, European five-star hotels and resorts. Oblivious to the sterile emptiness of her existence — an emptiness that is treated with equal doses of humor and pathos by director Maria Sole Tognazzi’s expert hand — Irene finally begins to question things when confronted by her only friend Andrea’s (Stefano Accorsi) news that he has gotten his latest one-night stand pregnant. Her initial response is to take on even more work, but a trip to Morocco may end up changing her self-administered solitary life.

A sleeper hit in Italy, the film has been compared to both "Up in the Air" and "Eat Pray Love". As director Maria Sole Tognazzi points out: "Today a woman can still feel incomplete if she has no children, but there is a large part of the population, 17 percent, who are women, single and happy. Perfection doesn’t exist, there are no better lives than others, but there are roads marked by who we are."

Winner: Best Actress, David di Donatello Awards

DIRECTOR: Maria Sole Tognazzi
Producer: Donatella Botti
Editor: Walter Fasano
Screenwriter: Ivan Cotroneo, Francesca Marciano, Maria Sole Tognazzi
Cinematographer: Arnaldo Catinari
Music: Gabriele Roberto
Principal Cast: Margherita Buy, Stefano Accorsi, Fabrizia Sacchi, Gian Marco Tognazzi, Lesley Manville
Filmography: Ritratto di mio padre (Doc, 2010)
The Man Who Loves (2008)
Past Perfect (2003)
Print Source: Music Box Films

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