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Tenerezza – Holding Hands

La Tenerezza

Meaty, moving drama from Italian maestro Gianni Amelio about an old man forced to confront his life’s mistakes when tragedy strikes.


Dir Gianni Amelio
Prod Pepito Produzioni
Scr Gianni Amelio, Alberto Taraglio. With Elio Germano, Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Micaela Ramazzotti
Sales Rai Com

A retired lawyer is shocked out of his disaffected life when a friendship with new neighbours turns to tragedy. In this accomplished and finely nuanced drama, world-weary Lorenzo (superbly portrayed by Renato Carpentieri) strikes up a tentative friendship with the young family who move in next door. As they start to draw him out of his misanthropic lethargy, a deeply distressing event occurs, and Lorenzo is forced to re-evaluate his whole life – particularly the disengagement he feels towards his own adult children. Loosely based on Lorenzo Marone’s bestselling novel The Temptation to Be Happy, Holding Hands sees septuagenarian director Gianni Amelio (The Intrepid, LFF2013) craft a sensitive, finely wrought drama, anchored by understated performances from its superb cast.

Adrian Wootton

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