Indie-darling Asia Argento returns to the director's chair after a 10-year absence with a surprise charmer about childhood and growing up starring Charlotte Gainsbourg and Italian TV idol Gabriel Garko.
Young Aria feels unloved. After a dramatic argument, her parents split and she is packed off to Dad's new place. And so begins her loveless odyssey between two homes, wanted in neither. In particular, her exceptionally superstitious father is upset not only by her beloved black cat, but also when she spills salt, breaks mirrors and brings home birds of illomen. Her luck, or lack thereof, carries into her school and love-life. Ultimately, her actions will lead to an apocalyptic climax that will leave a lasting impression.
The far-ranging soundtrack of rock, punk and Mozart, are a perfect addition, demonstrating that music seems to be one of the few things that brings happiness into Aria's life, and over which she is able to bond with her parents. This film is a testament to the talents of those who crafted it, and a certain unmissable festival highlight.