John Turturro on 'Mia Madre' and working in Italian films

Aug 18, 2016 1430

by Matt Prigge

John Turturro doesn't speak Italian. He didn't really have to for the movie "Mia Madre," despite it being an Italian film. The latest from acclaimed filmmaker Nanni Moretti ("The Son's Room," "Caro Diario") concerns a film director (Margherita Buy) dealing with the fact that her mom is about to die while shooting her latest picture.

Making things worse is Turturro's Barry, an obnoxious American actor who terrorizes the crew and especially her. It's a movie that splits its time between on-set antics and the grieving process, though the latter can be funny, too. That mix is how Turturro likes it.

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