Sweet Dreams review – newspaper columnist’s story lost in translation – The Guardian

Intriguing but not entirely successful, Marco Bellocchio’s attempt to bring Massimo Gramellini’s novel to the screen struggles to combine the childhood story of Gramellini and his adult life as a newspaper columnist.

The jarring tonal variations – the childhood is languidly shot in nostalgic sepia, the present day goes grittier, pacier – make this feel like two different movies hacked together. In the central role, Valerio Mastandrea, with his hollow cheeks and hungry eyes, is effective casting as a lost and wounded soul.

Watch a trailer for Sweet Dreams.


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