Year: 2004
UK: Capers Productions
Cast: Licia Maglietta, Giuseppe Battiston, Emilio Solfrizzi, Marina Massironi, Claudio Santamaria, Giselda Volodi, Ann Eleonora Jørgensen, Remo Remotti, Monica Nappo
Director: Silvio Soldini
Countries: Italy / Switzerland / UK
Language: Italian (English subtitles)
UK: 125 mins
UK Certificate: 15 contains moderate sex
UK Release Date: 23 September 2005 (Limited Release - London)
UK Distributor


Agata feels secure in her bookshop, but actually it's as though she's been inadvertently thrown into the plot of a story in a strange book: the unexpected passion for a lively and perhaps too self-assured young boy, the accidental discovery that her beloved brother Gustavo isn't really her brother, and the light bulbs that mysteriously blow up when she walks past.

Gustavo, an architect retreating from a life he no longer feels is his own, travels to Cicognara where his real brother Romeo lives and Agata follows him. Having temporarily given up architecture he decides to search for his father. Meanwhile Romeo loves his wife, but he never misses an opportunity to betray her. He has a dream, to dump everything and open up a trout farm.

Agata, Gustavo and Romeo, and the other unusual characters in their world, uncover an eccentric family and a life to be created from scratch.