If Life Gives You Lemons

Directed by Ciro D'Emilio
True Colours
88 Minutes
Not Rated
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Antonio dreams of becoming a football star. Miriam, his mother, dreams of rebuilding her family following the abandonment of her husband. When a football scout turns their eye to Antonio, the family dynamic changes.


  • Anna Foglietta
  • Giampiero De Concilio
  • Massimo De Matteo
  • Highest Rating
    "With its attention to detail when it comes to depicting Southern Italian life, including the carefully observed Neapolitan dialect, which sharply separates the narrative from its northern peers, If Life Gives You Lemons is a deeply intimate but sombre film, which feels like a genuinely personal work."
    Tina Poglajen, Cineuropa
  • Highest Rating
    "[Q]uietly effective.... Landi's cinematography is appropriately unsentimental, filling the wide screen with dark pavements and chipped concrete buildings. But D'Emilo finds colors in the character's emotions..."
    Stephen Whitty, Screen Daily

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