Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Bad Tales

Year: 2020
Language: Italian
Run Time: 98 minutes

Bad Tales
Bad Tales
Bad Tales
Bad Tales

The suburbs of Rome are not the idyllic environment residents seek. Although this tight-knit collection of families frequently finds themselves in close quarters—birthday parties, shared family dinners, afternoons in the pool—their relationships are anything but civil. Mothers are detached and oblivious, fathers lust over their neighbors’ wives, and blame is aimed squarely at the families with the higher-paying jobs, the kids with better grades, or fill-in-the-blank for a number of other insecurities. Conversations are reactive and tempers are explosive. But these parents fail to recognize the real collateral damage: their children. BAD TALES follows the tumultuous web of relationships between so-called adults and their coming-of-age offspring, who are just trying to survive their way through adolescence in the wake of their toxic role models. Dark and indelibly haunting, this drama elicits visceral frustration for those who, blinded by their own self-loathing, have no idea the worst is yet to come. (In Italian with subtitles) — A.B.

CIFF45 Screenings

CIFF45 Streams On Demand

Thursday, April 08, 2021 at 11:00 AM -
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 11:59 PM

Streams Access: United States and US Territories
Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: Yes

International Narrative Competition

Damiano D'Innocenzo, Fabio D'Innocenzo

Agostino e Giuseppe SaccĂ 

Damiano D'Innocenzo, Fabio D'Innocenzo

Paolo Cernera

Esmeralda Calabria

Principal Cast
Elio Germano, Tommaso di Cola, Giuletta Rebeggiani, Gabriel Montesi, Justin Korovkin, Barbara Chichiarelli, Lino Musella, Max Malatesta, Giulia Melilo, Laura Borgioli

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