Director Edith Bruck


Luis Bacalov Improvviso

Michele, no longer a child and not yet a young man, lives with his mother Anna and aunt Luisa on the outskirts of L’Aquila. The mother, a hospital nurse, conceived her son from a relationship that could not be crowned with marriage due to the hostility of her family and now lives alone, like her sister Luisa. Michele Nardi has thus grown up between the lack of a man and the protective and emotional exaggerations of the two women. To these must be added the cello teacher, a woman devoted to her old and sick father, who also tends to equivocally pour out a frustrated sexuality on the pupil. Michele has a few friends, but instead of active stimulation, he receives wounds from their exuberance. A young girl starts a friendly dialogue with him, which the introverted Michele breaks off when he is frightened by her apparent uninhibited attitude. With this baggage of unpreparedness for life, Nardi travels to Rome for a cello exam. When he arrives at his uncle Luigi’s, brother of his mother and aunt, he is brutally informed by a cousin about the domestic background. Stopped at a railway station, Michele performs at the request of passengers in the waiting room. Elated by the applause, he instinctively and awkwardly reaches out his hand towards the legs of a young German woman, now alone like him and waiting for a train. The young woman’s reactions are exaggerated and those of Michael are abnormal as he kills and flees. Spotted and imprisoned, he goes from one juvenile prison to another, suffering rapid and inexorable psychophysical deterioration.

Genre drama

Giacomo Rosselli: Michele Nardi
Andréa Ferréol: Anna, Michele’s mother
Valeria Moriconi: Luisa, Michele’s aunt
Biagio Pelligra: Luigi, Michele’s uncle
Delia Boccardo: German tourist
Olivia Casadei: the haberdasher
Marija Tocinoski: the cello teacher

Soundtrack Luis Bacalov

Luis Bacalov Improvviso