Marie MASMONTEIL (Elzevir films), Denis CAROT (Elzevir Films)
French writer, Luca Morandi was born in Italy. He is forty years old and finds himself at a crossroads in his life: he doesn’t know where to turn, France, his adopted home where he was raised ? Or Italy, the country of his birth, perfect, wonderful and ideal, like a child’s dream ? Today, Luca faces a crisis : he’s neither Italian, nor French. He’s nothing. His father, a renowned cosmetic surgeon in Turin, dies suddenly. Luca has to return to Italy with his sister Isabella for the funeral. But the burial, this bereavement that should help him grow-up, becomes a complete nightmare: widows, secret mistresses, new brothers and sisters, enough debts to drive you crazy, and a new and different ”berlusconised” Italy without memory. Luca rediscovers his childhood country and his own life through his adult eyes. Everything seems to have lost its flavour, except maybe for Lilla, his childhood sweetheart he randomly comes across in a stadium. Luca finds it impossible to mourn, he’s constantly haunted by this father’s love of life, women, and red convertible cars. From hate to love, resentment to forgiveness, Luca will redefine the rules and the meaning of his own identity and his existence. He will reconcile the France within him with his native Italy. On both sides of the Alps, la vita is dolce and beautiful.