A Milanese woman complicit in the perpetuation of unsavory capitalist practices breaks out of the rut caused by job, family and love issues in Marina Spada's well-intentioned but weak "My Tomorrow." As in her previous "As the Shadow," the helmer looks to chart the course of female self-realization via an understated story stripped to minimalist essentials a la Antonioni, but the disconnected first half, part of Spada's desire to prod auds to "non-passive observation," is merely plodding, and relationships are ill defined. A very limited release at home shows no sign of expansion; offshore fests may take a look.

A Milanese woman complicit in the perpetuation of unsavory capitalist practices breaks out of the rut caused by job, family and love issues in Marina Spada’s well-intentioned but weak “My Tomorrow.” As in her previous “As the Shadow,” the helmer looks to chart the course of female self-realization via an understated story stripped to minimalist essentials a la Antonioni, but the disconnected first half, part of Spada’s desire to prod auds to “non-passive observation,” is merely plodding, and relationships are ill defined. A very limited release at home shows no sign of expansion; offshore fests may take a look.

Highly controlled emotions combined with barren cityscapes, empty walls and olive-gray tonalities define the inner and outer environments of Monica (Claudia Gerini), a lecturer at a consultancy firm who gives convincing biz presentations on emptiness as a positive state. She has difficult interactions with her religious father (Raffaele Pisu) and resentful half-sis (Claudia Coli), and her tepid affair with married boss Vittorio (Paolo Pierobon) goes nowhere. When Dad dies, Monica re-examines her life. Spada’s style is resolutely non-commercial but also uninsightful, keeping viewers at arm’s length without offering a satisfying payoff.

My Tomorrow

Italy

Production

An Iris Film release of a Film Kairos production in collaboration with Rai Cinema. (International sales: SND Groupe M6, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France.) Produced by Francesco Pamphili. Directed by Marina Spada. Screenplay, Daniele Maggioni, Maria Grazia Perria, Spada.

Crew

Camera (color), Sabina Bologna, Giorgio Carella; editor, Carlotta Cristiani; music, Paolo Fresu, Bebo Ferra; production designer, Alessio Baskakis; costume designer, Sabrina Beretta. Reviewed at Cinema Quattro Fontane, Rome, Nov. 16, 2011. (In Rome Film Festival -- competing.) Running time: 89 MIN.

With

Claudia Gerini, Raffaele Pisu, Claudia Coli, Paolo Pierobon, Lino Guanciale, Enrico Bosco.

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