IN SEARCH OF FELLINI REVIEWED
“In Search of Fellini” is a wonderful film that Nancy Cartwright has been trying to make for 20 years. Yeah, that Nancy Cartwright. The film follows her stand-in taking a trip to Italy after falling in love with Fellini films. Her mother is dying, but she keeps trying to keep it secret from her daughter. All the while, everyone is seemingly tugging our young heroine in various directions. While young Lucy eventually finds herself, it almost plays like a six episode mini-series squeezed into a feature film.
I’d love to see Cartwright revisit this material in a book or extended TV series. While listening to the commentary track, I found myself enthralled with her story. The casting is rather amazing with Maria Bello and Mary Lynn Rajskub playing off each other in a true sisterly fashion. If you’re looking for an offbeat film to keep you entertained during the cold month of January, I’ve got to recommend this one. Too often, we skirt past the low-key indie films for the bigger blockbusters getting dumped in the post Christmas haze.
Rise above that noise and watch something better.
- 2.35:1 standard definition transfer
- Dolby 5.1