After their great debut with La terra dell’abbastanza (Boys Cry, 2018), the brothers Damiano and Fabio D’Innocenzo have produced a film that deserves all the awards it has received, including five Nastri d’argento, and a prize at the Berlin Film Festival.
The brothers describe Favolacce (Bad Tales), as a contrast to the realism of their first work, a sort of black fable in which, through the voice of a narrator, they portray the pneumatic vacuum of the parental figures (with the addition of a teacher) who attempt to teach their children how to live, while instead they have lost any capacity for positivity or a glimpse of the future.
Psychological violence, repression, anger and hypocrisy are some of the main themes of the D’Innocenzo brothers’ newest work. The story, narrated chorally, takes place through a Roman summer, between the closing of the school and its reopening in September. Hypocrisy, rivalry and envy are hidden under the appearance of normal life, and lives that go on by force of inertia.