Uncharted memories of a daughtery by Luca Guadagnino.


Triggered by a stranger’s secret confession, Francesca returns to her childhood home in Italy to convince her ailing mother to follow her to New York. As daughter confronts mother, ghosts of Francesca’s youth return in a whirlwind of pain, memory and fulfilment.

Released in 2019, Luca Guadagnino collaborated with the tal- ented Pierpaolo Piccioli, creative director of Valentino, along with the brilliant music composer, Ryuichi Sakamoto. Together the trio accomplished to grace the screens of millions around the world the diffusion of sensible cinematography, elegant fashion, and melodic tunes. Within the span of 37 minutes, this production is filled with unfiltered emotions and dashing cou- ture.

The Staggering Girl narrates the story of a impassive writer in New York, Francesca Moretti traveling to Italy in hope to persuade her blind mother, Sofia Moretti an abstract artist, to move to New York with her as concerns of her sight complicates the situation of living in a large house in Rome.

Francesca struggles with her upcoming memoir, as she won- ders why she is in such despair for her lack of emotions. As she paces around her apartment, a sudden voice triggered her cu- riousity to listen to woman’s experience with a man the woman met in the opera. Francesca intrigued by the woman’s story led her to believe that she can’t find the words to depict and convey her own personal feelings.

Upon arrival in her childhood home where Sofia resides, Bruno Angelo, a family friend who has been taking care of Sofia, opened the door to her old room. Decorated on the walls of Francesca’s room are Italian articulated wooden Pinocchio dolls with broken tones of red. As she stepped in, memories and voices filled her head. The upcoming rite of passage of a young woman to the downfall of her family.

The passionate journey of art and recollection of past memories devours the mother and daughter of the Moretti family, threading them closer to each other.

The Staggering Girl can be streamed at MUBI. Other applaudable films by Guadagnino include A Bigger Splash and Call Me By Your Name.

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