The sweltering summer heat beats down on a sterile residential estate in the suburbs of Rome. Many a family lives here that no longer belongs anywhere. There is a mysterious sense of unease that can explode at any moment. Parents are constantly frustrated because they are not from a better suburb, and the kind of middle-class life they had hoped for is beyond their reach. But their children are the real protagonists of the shock wave that propels the entire estate towards collapse. An almost atavistic rage glimmers in the relationships and events portrayed in the directors’ rigorous mise-en-scène. An unreliable narrator guides us, sweetly and sarcastically, through this dark fairy tale. A story about women and men who see their hopes and dreams falling by the wayside all too soon. English translation of the movie title is Bad Tales.
Tags: abusive father, bomb, child suicide, coming of age, death, disfunctional family, disturbing, double suicide, father beats son, female nudity, gossip, head shaving, infanticide, journal, loss of child, malaise, mass suicide, mother's milk, one word title, poison, rome italy, school, shower, singing, small community, suicide, teacher, underage sex, unhappy family, voice over narration