A Brighter Tomorrow: Directed by Nanni Moretti–One of 8 Worst Films in Competition (Cannes Film Fest 2023)

As usual, we have divided all the competition titles at Cannes Fest into 3 groups: Worst, Mediocre-to- Good, and Best.

A Brighter Tomorrow’ (Nanni Moretti)

 

a man and a woman in a crowd
(Cannes Film Festival)

Moretti is a major figure of Italian cinema and the Cannes Film Festival competition; he won the Palme d’Or for 2001’s The Son’s Room, a conventional but emotionally touching film. (Strangely enough, David Lynch was the jury president that year)

In his new film, Moretti again plays a version of himself, a stubbornly outspoken, genially egomaniacal film director.

The latest project, a politically charged drama about the Italian Communist Party circa 1956, allows him the opportunity to decry everything that’s wrong with modern cinema, including excessive violence–and Netflix.

Sounds ambitious? Not really, and the flat title is a warning.

A Brighter Tomorrow is a sentimental, self-aggrandizing, shapeless comedy, a far cry from Moretti’s screen persona dating back to his earlier and better features, like 1993’s Dear Diary.

Moretti has not made a really good film in a long time, though Cannes, always loyal to its auteirs, feels obliged to take every and any feature he directors

 

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