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    ANOTHER HAPPY DAY: FAIDA TRA FAMIGLIE NELLA DARK COMEDY DI SAM LEVINSON CON ELLEN BARKIN, DEMI MOORE ED ELLEN BURSTYN

    In ITALIA: direttamente in HOME VIDEO il 4 LUGLIO 2012
    PREVIEW in ENGLISH by JOHN DEFORE (www.hollywoodreporter.com) - VINCITORE del Premio 'MIGLIOR SCENEGGIATURA' al SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2011

    (Another Happy Day; USA 2011; Drammatico; 119'; Produz.: Cineric/Filmula/Mandalay Vision/Michigan Production Studios/Prop Blast Films/Taggart Productions)

    Locandina italiana Another Happy Day

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    Titolo in italiano: Another Happy Day

    Titolo in lingua originale: Another Happy Day

    Anno di produzione: 2011

    Anno di uscita: 2012

    Regia: Sam Levinson

    Sceneggiatura: Sam Levinson

    Cast: Ellen Barkin (Lynn)
    Ezra Miller (Elliot)
    Ellen Burstyn (Doris)
    Demi Moore (Patty)
    Thomas Haden Church (Paul)
    Kate Bosworth (Alice)
    George Kennedy (Joe)
    Jeffrey DeMunn (Lee)
    Daniel Yelsky (Ben)
    Siobhan Fallon (Bonnie)
    Diana Scarwid (Donna)
    Eamon O'Rourke (Brandon)
    Lola Kirke (Charlie)
    David Hirschn (Tommy)
    Michael Nardelli (Dylan )

    Musica: Olafur Arnalds

    Costumi: Stacey Battat

    Scenografia: Michael Grasley

    Fotografia: Ivan Strasburg

    Montaggio: Ray Hubley

    Effetti Speciali: Russell Tyrrell (supervisore)

    Casting: Cindy Tolan

    Scheda film aggiornata al: 25 Novembre 2012

    Sinossi:

    IN BREVE:

    Ellen Barkin è la stella in questa storia comica oscura, una sorta di montagne russe emotive su una riunione di famiglia. Alla vigilia del matrimonio di suo figlio (Michael Nardelli), Lynn (Barkin), una donna che ha sempre nascosto le sue emozioni, deve fare i conti con il suo ex-marito (Thomas Hayden Church) e la sua calda moglie (Demi Moore), il disprezzo della madre fredda (Ellen Burstyn) e il padre lontano (George Kennedy) e la sua ridicola sorella. E il fatto che lei porta con sé i suoi tre figli profondamente turbati (Ezra Miller, Daniel Yelsky, Kate Bosworth) non rendono le cose più facili per Lynn. E il fatto che lei porta con sé i suoi tre figli profondamente turbati (Ezra Miller, Daniel Yelsky, Kate Bosworth) non rendono le cose più facili per Lynn.

    SYNOPSIS:

    A wedding at her parents' Annapolis estate hurls high-strung Lynn into the center of touchy family dynamics.

    A family weekend is fraught with emotional landmines for mercurial and sensitive Lynn (Barkin) as she arrives at her parents' Annapolis estate for the marriage of her estranged eldest son Dylan (Michael Nardelli), accompanied by her three younger children (Ezra Miller, Kate Bosworth, Daniel Yelsky). Lynn's hopes for a joyful reunion are crushed as her wry but troubled middle son Elliot (Ezra Miller) lobs verbal grenades at his mother and her relatives while daughter Alice (Kate Bosworth), a fights valiantly to keep her longtime demons under control. The weekend quickly unravels as Lynn demands to be heard by her aloof, disdainful mother (Ellen Burstyn), ailing, distant father (George Kennedy) and ever-judgmental sisters (Siobhan Fallon, Diana Scarwid), but most especially by her ex-husband Paul (Thomas Hayden Church) and his hot-tempered second wife Patty (Demi Moore). Confronted with the deeply painful...

    Commento critico (a cura di JOHN DEFORE, www.hollywoodreporter.com)

    A FAMILY-DYSFUNCTION FILM THAT WALKS A FINE LINE, "ANOTHER HAPPY DAY" EARNS ITS SHARE OF DARK LAUGHS WITHOUT EVER TRIVIALIZING THE VERY REAL PAIN ALMOST ALL ITS CHARACTERS ENDURE.


    PARK CITY -- A family-dysfunction film that walks a fine line, Another Happy Day earns its share of dark laughs without ever trivializing the very real pain almost all its characters endure.

    Commercial prospects are solid within the dramatic arena, though ad campaigns leaning too hard on the comic element could lead to disappointed audiences.

    First-timer Sam Levinson proves to be a confident and unshowy director, one fortunate to have a skillful cast investing its all in his screenplay. Though some of the movie's performances flirt with caricature (Siobhan Fallon's loud-mouthed aunt, Demi Moore as a brash and overtly sexual second wife), the movie has a center of gravity just strong enough to contain them.

    Ellen Barkin plays Lynn, a mother

    who has made her share of missteps but wasn't dealt a great hand to begin with. Lynn comes very close to collapse (and gets in one actual catfight) while trying to wrangle two troubled sons and a disturbed daughter through an already stressful family event -- her third son, raised by Lynn's estranged husband (Thomas Haden Church, paired with Moore), is getting married at Lynn's parents' Anapolis home. It's a scene promising fraught reunions and grudge-driven friction, particularly between the two women who call the groom "son."

    Barkin, who produced the film, has secured for herself a full-tilt role requiring a thousand shades of vulnerable agitation and angry desperation; she's made for the part, and manages to elicit both disapproval and sympathy from the viewer, sometimes simultaneously. But the actress has competition in Ezra Miller, who as Lynn's drug-abusing, emotionally damaged middle son is the movie's sardonic, damaged soul.

    The

    picture is littered with supporting turns that leave their mark, particularly that of Ellen Burstyn, who as Barkin's mother, Doris, typifies the kind of moral ambiguities Levinson's script trades in: When Doris criticizes Lynn's need to make a big deal of every emotional obstacle, she isn't wrong. But the kind of stuff Lynn faces -- an ex who abused her and is still treated sweetly by her mother, a self-harming daughter about to have to encounter him after six years of fearful distance, a son who curses at her and sabotages every attempt at normalcy -- is enough to make anyone crack.

    The angsty-wedding film may be its own genre now, and our overfamiliarity with its building blocks make one or two sequences here, especially the post-nuptials toasts and drunken dance-floor action, feel somewhat longer than necessary. But when ante-upping mishaps interrupt the party, Levinson is firmly back in control

    -- playing both grief and relief with a similar restraint, and refusing to milk the action for the cheap catharsis typically seen in these we're-all-messed-up-together affairs.

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