When husband and father of two Giulio (Valerio Mastandrea) upsets his comfortable life by having an affair, his wife Elena (Barbora Bobulova) cannot forgive him. Taking full responsibility, Giulio decides to move out, promising that he will continue to support the family financially despite his meagre monthly salary. Finding a one-room, shared-bathroom pensione, Giulio plunges deeper and deeper into poverty as he struggles to pay for his separation, borrowing more and more money before hitting rock bottom.
Told with irony and humor amid the tragedy, this is a moving film about the thin line between having it all and having nothing.
The beautifully written screenplay is realistic, relevant and also very touching, with the stoic and sympathetic character of Giulo at its heart. Mastrandrea’s performance in this film won him the Best Actor award at the Venice Film Festival.