Plot & Details
A young woman accustomed to living the life of the mind dives head first into the corporate world in this satiric comedy from Italy. Marta (Isabella Ragonese) is a woman in her early twenties who has just received a graduate degree in Philosophy, and now has to find a way to support herself in the real world. Despite the encouragement of her professors, Marta is unable to land a job in academia, and for a while she finds herself working as a babysitter for Sonia (Micaela Ramazzotti), a single mom with remarkably bad parenting skills. Things seem to be looking up for Marta when she's given a telemarketing job with Multiple, a company that makes and markets water filters. Marta works under Daniela (Sabrina Ferilli), an aggressively cheerful middle-aged company woman who leads her charges in motivational sing-alongs and carefully designed exercises while closely monitoring their working habits and offering encouragement to the promising workers (and admonishment to those who don't measure up). While Marta initially feels right at home at Multiple, the more she learns about the firm the more wary she becomes, and eventually she quits and pairs up with Giorgio (Valerio Mastandrea), an activist with grand plans of unionizing the telemarketers. Tutta La Vita Davanti (aka A Whole Life Ahead) earned actress Sabrina Ferilli the Best Supporting Actress prize at the 2008 Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists honors, while Paolo Virzi was named Best Director.