In Bread and Tulips, director Silvio Soldini detailed the journey of a discontented housewife who threw caution to the wind to find true happiness in Venice; in Days and Clouds, the same filmmaker explores the opposite side of the coin by telling the tale of a middle-class homemaker from Genoa who suddenly finds her life turned upside down. Elsa (Margherita Buy) is the picture of middle-class contentment: she's happily married, well adjusted, and spends most of her spare time developing her skills as an amateur historian specializing in restoration. Recently, Elsa even decided to return to school in order to earn her degree. One day, after gently scraping the ceiling of a local chapel to reveal hidden angels that hadn't seen the light of day in decades, Elsa is informed by her husband, Michele (Antonio Albanese), that the couple will have to give up their posh apartment. Michele was formerly a partner in a successful shipping firm, but now that his partner has forced him out of the business, the happy husband and wife won't be able to maintain their current lifestyle. In the aftermath of that disheartening revelation, Elsa and Michele both try to find work while dealing with the predicament in directly opposing ways. Later, after moving into a much smaller apartment, the cracks in Elsa and Michele's now fragile marriage gradually begin to widen.
- MPAA Rating: Not Yet Rated
- Genre(s): Drama
- Run Time: 115min.
- Theatrical Release Date: 07/11/2008
- DVD Release Date: 02/02/2009
- Distributor(s): Film Movement
- Themes: Infidelity,Dysfunctional Families,Down on Their Luck,Crumbling Marriages,Fired or Laid-Off
- Tone: Deliberate
apartment, chapel, homemaker, middle-age, middle-class, restoration, shipping-tycoon
- Country of Origin: USA - Limited (07-11-2008)
- Language: Italian