Suddenly Christmas: When Christmas arrives on August 15th in a Prime Video film

das of December 1 is available on Prime Videos the film Suddenly Christmascomedy signed by the excellent Francesco Patierno. The cast is that of great occasions: Diego Abatantuono, Sara Ciocca, Violante Placido, Lodo Guenzi, Anna Galiena, Antonio Catania, Michele Foresta, Gloria Guida, Nino Frassica, Luca Vecchi and Paolo Hendel.

Suddenly Christmas is the film directed by Francesco Patierno that Prime Videos offers exclusively starting from 1 December, thus opening the holiday season. Produced by Guglielmo Marchetti for Notorious Pictures, Suddenly Christmas starts from a script signed by Patierno with Neri Parenti, Giancluca Bomprezzi and Federico Baccomo, to tell a story made of laughter but also of many good feelings.

The protagonist of Suddenly Christmas is Chiara, an eight-year-old girl played by Sara Cioccato which the grandfather Diego Abatantuono wants to give a last happy Christmas… on August 15th! In the cast, in addition to Ciocca and Abatantuono, we find Violante Placido, Lodo Guenzi, Anna Galiena, Anthony Catania, Michael Forest, Glory Guide, Nino Frassica, Luke Vecchi And Paul Hendel.

The movie poster Suddenly Christmas.

The plot of the film Suddenly Christmas

For Chiara (Sara Ciocca), the little protagonist of the Prime Video film Suddenly Christmas, Christmas is a special time, even more than it is for any child. In fact, every year Christmas is also an opportunity to see his adored grandfather Lorenzo (Diego Abatantuono), owner of the delightful high mountain hotel that hosts the family celebrations in the boiling sun.

This year, however, Chiara’s parents, Alberta (Violante Placido) and Giacomo (Lodo Guenzi), have decided to get in the car in August, for an off-season visit to Lorenzo, because they need him to give Clear the bitter news: they are separating. Perhaps, if he told her, the little girl would suffer less…

The grandfather, already in crisis because he risks having to sell his beloved hotel, accepts the thankless task of breaking the news to his granddaughter, but first he wants to give her the last happy Christmas… on August 15th!

Suddenly Christmason Prime Video since December 1, is “a film about family and about family,” said the director Francesco Patierno. “I tried to build a multilayered comedy that, in addition to pure entertainment, also offers the right depth. For this reason we worked with the production on a cast of great actors capable of interpreting characters and situations with the numerous nuances that the story required. Also from a technical point of view, there was the ambition to work on a film that had an international standard. Collaborating with Mike Stern, director of photography on numerous American films, allowed me to give the images and camera movements the right tone for a film that has high expectations”.

For Francesco Patierno this is the third film directed in a very short time. Considered one of the most interesting names in the new Italian cinema, Patierno presented the film at the Rome Film Festival The cure, particular reinterpretation of La Peste by Camus set in Naples during the hardest days of the lockdown. At the 40th Turin Film Festival he will present instead Wake me up at midnightdocumentary loosely based on the book of the same name by Fuani Marino (the story of a young woman who, due to severe depression, throws herself from the fourth floor of a building and survives the fall).

Diego Abatantuono in a scene from the film Suddenly Christmas.
Diego Abatantuono in a scene from the film Suddenly Christmas.

The main characters

Let’s get to know the characters who populate the Prime Video film closely Suddenly Christmas.

  • LORENZO (Diego Abatantuono)

Behind his gruff and outspoken ways, Lorenzo hides a big heart. He adores his granddaughter more than anything else, and when he finds out that his daughter and Giacomo are separating, it’s a hard blow. If he agrees to tell Chiara, it is only because, deep down, he wishes he could prevent it from happening. After all, even he and his wife Rachele, who died years earlier, didn’t get along on anything, and that didn’t stop him from always loving each other anyway.

Thus, when Don Michele (Nino Frassica) refuses to passively accept the separation, he too becomes convinced that something can be done to prevent it. Lorenzo is convinced that, alienated from their respective careers, Alberta and Giacomo just need to find some time to be together. And he’s going to find any good excuse to force them to do it.

She is a curious and intelligent girl who is committed to respecting nature. Her happiness for that unexpected summer visit to her grandfather is soon replaced by the dismay of the discovery that the cabin will be bought, and that they will no longer be able to celebrate Christmas together there. Lorenzo’s efforts to safeguard her granddaughter by giving her one last Christmas only strengthen her resolve to try and prevent Mr. Zhu’s deal from going through.

No one can steal Christmas from his family undisturbed. Among her friends who help her with her plan is Walter, the one who in theory should be her boyfriend, but who in practice is with another girl in the group in the summer, Johanna. The loss of innocence, for Chiara, coincides with the discovery that the adult world is a complicated place, and it’s worth fighting to keep it away a little longer.

  • ALBERTA (Violante Placido)

A career woman, an attentive mother and a patient companion, Alberta is tired of feeling the entire weight of the family on her. It is this that has detached her more than anything else from Giacomo’s dream which, in her eyes, is just a way in which her husband continues to evade his responsibilities as an adult. She is no longer willing to put up with her absence and always being put in second place. At her job, she Alberta has long been waiting for a promotion that would guarantee her entry into partnership with the law firm she works for. Her patience and compliance, however, are not helping to bring this moment closer.

The unexpected stay at the cabin thus becomes an opportunity to untie the knots of his relationship, and to understand that the real problem is not only Giacomo. When the long-awaited opportunity finally presents itself, Alberta must learn to assert herself and demand, from her boss as well as from her husband, to be put first.

Giacomo’s acting career is dotted with humiliating roles in tasteless commercials. But that didn’t mean he stopped dreaming. He is sure that sooner or later the opportunity to make a breakthrough will present itself, and the world will be able to recognize his talent. The fact that Alberta has stopped believing in him does not weaken her conviction, but secretly Giacomo lives with the sense of guilt of placing the economic responsibility on her.

The audition she has to do during her stay therefore becomes an opportunity to demonstrate her worth, but it only turns into yet another failure. Giacomo will be forced to reevaluate his priorities, discovering that his value does not depend on the magnitude of his aspirations or the success of his career, but on his ability to step aside and leave room for the people he loves.

The arrival of retirement was a trauma for Rosa. She deeply loved her teaching job, and now that she has so much time to herself she wonders who she is, besides a teacher. The holiday in the hut, which could temporarily relieve her of these thoughts, instead reserves others. Mario’s incomprehensible behavior leads her to initially worry that her marriage is at loggerheads, and then to understand that her fears are completely unfounded. Her friendship with Claudia (Gloria Guida) allows her to discover her betrayal, but Mario’s efforts to keep it hidden from her make her understand how important their marriage is to him, and to forgive him silently.

Coming face to face with her skeleton in the closet, he is terrified that a mistake from his past could ruin his deep love for Rosa. He knows he was wrong, and not a day has gone by that he hasn’t regretted it since. The efforts he makes to try and keep the truth from coming out are sweet and awkward and sincere. But Mario must find the courage to close that story once and for all, confront Claudia and apologize for not being able to love her as she loves Rosa. In this, Lorenzo’s advice will be decisive.

Giacomo’s agent, he indulges his stubborn ambitions as an actor not so much out of professional conviction as out of friendship, or rather out of pity, indeed out of a sense of guilt given that, as we will discover, Paolo has had a clandestine affair with Alberta. That night spent together has never left his head and now Paolo is obsessed with Alberta (who instead has no intention of continuing the episode) so much that he tries in every way to prevent her and Giacomo from reconciling. As cynical and ruthless as he is clumsy and out of place, Paolo is a madly skilled vari who fits into the story.

Suddenly Christmas: Pictures from the film

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