Made in Italy
Liam Neeson reunites with his Cold Pursuit co-star (and real-life son) Micheál Richardson for this breezy drama about a young man who, with the help of his father, attempts to fix up a neglected Tuscany house inherited from his late mother. The feature writing-directing debut of actor James D'Arcy (Dunkirk).
Renovations go badly, with father and son soon finding themselves at odds. Robert’s (Neeson) comical lack of DIY experience leads him to seek help from some colourful locals including the no nonsense Kate (Lindsay Duncan), an ex-pat making her living selling villas who quickly captures his attention.
For Jack (Richardson), the state of the house seems to mirror his search for memories of happier times with his mother. He soon falls for Natalia (Valeria Bilello), a vivacious young Italian chef, who restores both body and soul with delights from her local trattoria – until the pair find their developing relationship in jeopardy from Natalia’s jealous and threatening ex-husband.
As Robert and Jack painstakingly restore the villa to its previous glory, they also start to mend their relationship. The future may now look quite different and surprise them both.
Director: James D'Arcy (feature debut)
Writer: James D'Arcy
Cast: Liam Neeson, Lindsay Duncan, Micheál Richardson, Valeria Bilello
2020,Rating: M, Offensive language, 94 mins