Nanni Moretti plays Pietro, a TV executive who discovers his wife dead in a freak accident. Puzzled why grief does not kick in, he stops going to work, and installs himself on a park bench opposite his daughter’s school. While waiting to collect her each day he has a series of encounters with the people in the park, and with family and work colleagues who get used to his new regime.
Moretti gives a complex performance as a decent man suddenly thrown into crisis, ably supported by the rest of the magnificent cast.
Both funny and moving, this subtle and tender film was a huge and deserved hit in Italy.