Black Sea (mar Nero)

Directed by Federico Bondi
  • Italy / Romania / France
  • 95 minutes
  • 2008


After the death of her husband, an elderly lady is forced by her family to have a live-in careworker look after her in her home in Florence. The care worker is a young Romanian woman, eager to please but the lady is untrusting and bitter that her son and his family are running her life by remote control. Gradually, the two women begin to connect with each other and share their very different experiences of life.

Through day-to-day trials and tribulations they begin to trust each other, but then the young woman learns that her husband back home has lost his job and disappeared. This is a slow burning, intimate film which features a brilliant duet of acting between the two lead performances. Black Sea is delightful in its observational detail, its great good humour and authenticity in reflecting the realities of Eastern European immigration into the heart of the traditional Italian family.

Adrian Wootton, London Film Festival Programme

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