Made in Italy (2020 film)
|Made in Italy|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||James D'Arcy|
|Written by||James D'Arcy|
|Music by||Alex Belcher|
|Box office||$1.9 million|
Made in Italy is a 2020 comedy-drama film written and directed by James D'Arcy (in his feature directorial debut). It stars Liam Neeson and his son, Micheál Richardson, as well as Valeria Bilello and Lindsay Duncan, and follows an artist who must restore a villa with his estranged son after his wife dies in a terrible car crash.
Jack Foster is getting divorced from his wife Ruth. Her family is selling the art gallery, which devastates Jack, where he works as a manager. He decides to buy the gallery by possibly selling the old Italian home he owns with his estranged father Robert, a famous artist. The house belonged to Jack’s mother and Robert’s wife, an Italian woman who died in a terrible car accident.
Jack takes Robert with him to Italy. Jack tells Robert he needs the money to buy the gallery from Ruth's parents. When they arrive, they find it’s completely rundown. Kate, an estate agent, comes to survey the home. She tells them the house is in really bad condition, but if they fix the house, it could be worth more. Jack tries to clean but then decides to sell the house as it is.
Jack meets Natalia at a restaurant who is also the owner. On the other hand, Robert looks at photos of his deceased wife and the whole house reminds him of her. Robert decides to help Jack in fixing the home.
They hire locals to renovate and patch up the house. Robert and Jack befriend some of the locals including Natalia and invite them for a party to the house. Natalia tells Jack that she has an eight year old daughter and she and her husband are divorced, but her husband lied about her so she only gets partial custody.
A buyer comes to look at the house but isn’t satisfied. Kate tells Robert that the house needs more work. Robert asks Natalia for help. Natalia and her daughter begin helping renovate the house. Robert tells her how after his wife died, he sent Jack away to boarding school to keep him away from all the reminders of his mother. He also tells her that since she died, he couldn’t drive and couldn’t paint.
Kate comes over and sees the house almost fully done. A couple arrives to look at the house, and decide they want to buy it. Meanwhile, Jack tells Natalia about his impending divorce and how Ruth has taken everything from him, which she relates to. He tells her how he couldn’t paint like his father but thought he could make the gallery a success, but his father never helped. Later, he enters his father’s workspace and sees painting after painting of his mother, and of himself.
Robert discovers him, and Jack wants to know why he’s locked away all his memories and his childhood. Robert says he thought it was the fastest way to get him out of pain, and Jack screams at him that he never let him in and never talked to him, He begins wrecking the space, and Robert holds him as they collapse onto the floor. Later, the two talk about her for the first time, sharing memories of her, and Robert begins crying, recounting how he was so wrapped up in painting that he let a young Jack walk to school. Robert was supposed to be in the car, and he says it’s his fault. Jack hugs his father and comforts him, and tells him about divorce to which Robert says, thank god.
The next day, at the house, the couple who decides to buy the house, disrespects it and in response Robert tells them that he will not sell the house to them. Jack gets angry. Robert admits he can’t give the house up and Jack accuses him of never having any intention to sell, and returns back to England, but not before they have sex.
Robert comes to see Jack, telling him he sold his London home and has enough to buy Jack out of his share of the Tuscany. He urges him to buy the gallery back. Jack asks him why he never came, and Robert says Ruth told him Jack didn’t want him too, that it was too much pressure. Robert tells him he’s going to live at the Italy home and host painting holidays. Jack goes to the gallery, and when she says she won’t accept any offer for the gallery, he instead presents her with the signed divorce papers.
In Italy, Robert leads a painting class where Kate is his student. Jack arrives and tells Robert, it was never about the money, and that all he wants is his father. He then meets with Natalia, who wants to know why he didn’t say goodbye. He tells her he saw her with Marzio, and she explains he’s the father of her child and she has to maintain some relationship with him. They makeup and decide to take their relationship further.
- Liam Neeson as Robert
- Micheál Richardson as Jack
- Valeria Bilello as Natalia
- Lindsay Duncan as Kate
- Marco Quaglia as Luigi
- Gian Marco Tavani as Marzio
- Helena Antonio as Raffaella
- Flaminia Cinque as Deli Owner
In October 2018, it was announced Liam Neeson and Micheál Richardson had joined the cast of the film, with James D'Arcy directing from a screenplay he wrote. Pippa Cross, Sam Tipper-Hale, and Nicola Serra will serve as producers on the film under their CrossDay Productions and Indiana Productions banners, respectively. HanWay Films and Ingenious Media will also produce the film. In May 2019, Lindsay Duncan and Valeria Bilello joined the cast of the film.
Box office and VOD
In its debut weekend, Made in Italy grossed $34,400 from 111 theaters, and was also the second-most rented film on Apple TV and the iTunes Store. In its second weekend the film finished third on Apple TV's chart and fourth on Spectrum's.
On Rotten Tomatoes the film holds an approval rating of 48% based on 66 reviews, with an average rating of 5.68/10. On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 45 out of 100, based on 11 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
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