The Big Dream

2 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

2 out of 5 stars
This glossy, coffee-table rendering of a university sit-in in 1968 Rome is the latest from ‘Romanzo Criminale’ director Placido, and compared to recent ‘student upheaval’ films like Bertolucci’s ‘The Dreamers’, its more of a moderately rousing history lesson than a radical call to arms. At its centre is the introverted Laura (Trinca) who must try and reconcile her conservative upbringing and love for cop-turned-actor Nicola (Scamarcio) with her secret involvement in countrywide industrial strike action. Episodic in structure and with a tranche of shoddily-characterised side characters, this rambling melodrama would've been much more satisfying had it not chosen to sit on the fence both emotionally and politically.



Release details

101 mins

Cast and crew

Michele Placido
Riccardo Scamarcio
Luca Argentero
Jasmine Trinca
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