Everybody's Fine

Tornatore's follow-up to Cinema Paradiso isn't quite so dewy-eyed, but will still have cynics retching into their popcorn. Amiable old buffer Matteo (Mastroianni) lives a lonely life in Sicily. On a whim, he ups sticks and travels to the mainland; his aim, to reunite his family round a dinner table. But his children seem strangely embarrassed by him. Contrasted with the highly unsatisfactory behaviour of his adult offspring are his vivid memories of them as kids. His son Alvaro remains absent, and as the old man camps miserably on the doorstep, young Alvaro (the terminally cute Cascio) shimmers into view. There is a melodramatic plot lurch, a haunting dream sequence, a well-handled autumnal love affair, and a neat twist at the end. Like Cinema Paradiso, it's expertly manipulative and good-looking, though a tad darker. Mastroianni gambols through it.

Release details

Duration: 126 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
Screenwriter: Tonino Guerra, Giuseppe Tornatore, Massimo De Rita
Cast: Marcello Mastroianni
Marino Cenna
Roberto Nobile
Salvatore Cascio
Valeria Cavalli
Michèle Morgan
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