Imperfect Love

After winning Venice's first feature prize for "This Is the Garden" in 1999, helmer Giovanni Davide Maderna stumbles awkwardly with "Imperfect Love." Based all too obviously on actual events that made Italian headlines, story tells of a poor young Catholic couple who learn that their unborn son has no brain and will live only a few days.

With:
With: Enrico Lo Verso, Marta Belaustegui, Federico Scribani, Francesco Carnelutti.

After winning Venice’s first feature prize for “This Is the Garden” in 1999, helmer Giovanni Davide Maderna stumbles awkwardly with “Imperfect Love.” Based all too obviously on actual events that made Italian headlines, story tells of a poor young Catholic couple who learn that their unborn son has no brain and will live only a few days. They decide to have the child anyway, hoping for a miracle. Pic embellishes this real-life tragedy with fictional details that in any other country would be grounds for a lawsuit: As the baby struggles for life, the father is suspected of being a rapist. Police aspects add nothing to the personal and moral drama, which Maderna tackles from an uncomfortably sentimental angle. Given its tone, pic may have its best chance on the small screen.

Angela (Marta Belaustegui) is deeply religious and names the baby Miguel, after a saint whose amputated leg is said to have grown back. Hounded by callous reporters, a police investigator and neighbors who send anonymous hate mail, husband Sergio (Enrico Lo Verso) cracks under the strain. Maderna is skillful in letting auds decide whether they’re saints or just irresponsible.

Imperfect Love

Italy-Spain

Production: An Eyescreen, Kubla Khan, Rai Cinema (Italy)/Tornasol Films (Spain) co-production. Produced by Andrea Occhipinti, Umberto Massa, Gerardo Herrero. Directed, written by Giovanni Davide Maderna.

Crew: Camera (color), Yves Cape; editor, Paola Freddi; music, Bernardo Bonezzi; production designer, Massimo Santomarco. Reviewed at Venice Film Festival (competing, Cinema of the Present), Sept. 6, 2001. Running time: 92 MIN.

With: With: Enrico Lo Verso, Marta Belaustegui, Federico Scribani, Francesco Carnelutti.

More Film

  • ANT-MAN AND THE WASP

    Korea Box Office: ‘Ant-Man’ Stays Bigger Than ‘Skyscraper’

    After winning Venice’s first feature prize for “This Is the Garden” in 1999, helmer Giovanni Davide Maderna stumbles awkwardly with “Imperfect Love.” Based all too obviously on actual events that made Italian headlines, story tells of a poor young Catholic couple who learn that their unborn son has no brain and will live only a […]

  • China Box Office: 'Dying' Holds off

    China Box Office: 'Dying to Survive' Scores $69 Million, Holds Off 'Hidden Man'

    After winning Venice’s first feature prize for “This Is the Garden” in 1999, helmer Giovanni Davide Maderna stumbles awkwardly with “Imperfect Love.” Based all too obviously on actual events that made Italian headlines, story tells of a poor young Catholic couple who learn that their unborn son has no brain and will live only a […]

  • Elsie Fisher appears in I Think

    'Eighth Grade' Rules Indie Box Office With Top Screen Average of 2018

    After winning Venice’s first feature prize for “This Is the Garden” in 1999, helmer Giovanni Davide Maderna stumbles awkwardly with “Imperfect Love.” Based all too obviously on actual events that made Italian headlines, story tells of a poor young Catholic couple who learn that their unborn son has no brain and will live only a […]

  • International Box Office: 'Hotel Transylvania 3'

    'Hotel Transylvania 3' Climbs Past 'Skyscraper' at International Box Office

    After winning Venice’s first feature prize for “This Is the Garden” in 1999, helmer Giovanni Davide Maderna stumbles awkwardly with “Imperfect Love.” Based all too obviously on actual events that made Italian headlines, story tells of a poor young Catholic couple who learn that their unborn son has no brain and will live only a […]

  • Box Office: 'Skyscraper' Underperforms; 'Hotel Transylvania

    Box Office: 'Skyscraper' Gets Rocky Start as 'Hotel Transylvania 3' Checks In at No. 1

    After winning Venice’s first feature prize for “This Is the Garden” in 1999, helmer Giovanni Davide Maderna stumbles awkwardly with “Imperfect Love.” Based all too obviously on actual events that made Italian headlines, story tells of a poor young Catholic couple who learn that their unborn son has no brain and will live only a […]

  • Mitzi Gaynor and Nancy Sinatra Sr.

    Nancy Sinatra Sr., Frank Sinatra's First Wife, Dies at 101

    After winning Venice’s first feature prize for “This Is the Garden” in 1999, helmer Giovanni Davide Maderna stumbles awkwardly with “Imperfect Love.” Based all too obviously on actual events that made Italian headlines, story tells of a poor young Catholic couple who learn that their unborn son has no brain and will live only a […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content