Romance & Cigarettes (2005)

Romance & Cigarettes
Director: John Turturro
Writer: John Turturro
Cast: James Gandolfini, Susan Sarandon, Kate Winslet, Steve Buscemi, Bobby Cannavale, Mandy Moore, Mary-Louise Parker, Aida Turturro, Christopher Walken, Barbara Sukowa, Elaine Stritch, Eddie Izzard, Amy Sedaris
Part of: Viennale
Seen on: 25.10.2016

Plot:
Nick (James Gandolfini) and Kitty (Susan Sarandon) have been married many years and have managed to build a very middle-class existence. When Kitty finds out that Nick has been having an affair, she’s outraged. Her three daughters Baby (Mandy Moore), Constance (Mary-Louise Parker) and Rosebud (Aida Turturro) are firmly on Kitty’s side, but also have their own issues to deal with. And Nick will have to figure out whether he wants to fight for his marriage or start a new life with the other woman, Tula (Kate Winslet).

Romance & Cigarettes is a very idiosyncratic film. A musical in that setting and with those costumes and an off-beat sense of humor, it’s funny and manages to entertain, but it’s also unfortunately steeped in sexism.

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Mia madre [My Mother] (2015)

Mia madre
Director: Nanni Moretti
Writer: Nanni Moretti, Francesco Piccolo, Valia Santella
Cast: Margherita Buy, John Turturro, Giulia Lazzarini, Nanni Moretti
Seen on: 23.11.2015

Plot:
Director Margherita (Margherita Buy) is working on her latest cinematic project. The film features American actor Barry Huggins (John Turturro) whose arrival brings quite a bit of excitement to the shoot. As if it wasn’t stressful enough without that. At the same time, Margherita’s mother Ada (Giulia Lazaarini) is continuously doing worse. Margherita and her brother Giovanni (Nanni Moretti) have to face the fact that she probably won’t live much longer.

Mia madre is a film where nothing much happens. At times that does become a little exhausting, but most of the time, I very much enjoyed the film and myself.

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Fading Gigolo (2013)

Fading Gigolo
Director: John Turturro
Writer: John Turturro
Cast: John Turturro, Woody AllenVanessa ParadisLiev Schreiber, Tonya Pinkins, Sharon Stone, Sofía Vergara
Part of: Vienna Jewish Film Festival

Plot:
Murray (Woody Allen) has to close his bookshop and is now looking at other forms of income. When his doctor (Sharon Stone) tells him about her sexual fantasies, Murray has the idea to pimp out his friend Fioravante (John Turturro), a quiet part-time florist. After initial hesitation, Fioravante agrees to the plan. But when Murray brings him the Jewish-orthdox, recently widowed Avigal (Vanessa Paradis) as a customer, sex is not what is required of Fioravante and soon, love is at stake.

Fading Gigolo wasn’t a bad film, though there was way too much smartmouthing Woody Allen for my taste, but it was definitely a film made for the guys and personally I’m just very tired of those films.

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Fear X (2003)

Fear X
Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Writer: Nicolas Winding Refn, Hubert Selby Jr.
Cast: John Turturro, Deborah Kara Unger, James Remar, Jacqueline Ramel

Plot:
Harry’s (John Turturro) wife Claire (Jacqueline Ramel) was shot and killed. Nobody knows why or by whom. Harry spends all his spare time looking at security footage and trying to piece everything together. He is haunted by visions of Claire which are slowly but surely pointing him in a certain direction. So Harry starts investigating even harder and finds a trace that leads him to Kate (Deborah Kara Unger) and the murderer.

Fear X is an idiosyncratic movie. It’s beautiful to look at, with a mesmerizing performance by John Turturro but it won’t fit any mold easily.

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