Archive of films Pater familias / Pater familias

2003, 90 min

Section: Variety Critics’ Choice: Europe Now!
Year: 2003

Brutal, realist drama exploring the lower depths of a town near Naples
through stories of a group of young anti-heroes. 


The lower depths of a town near Naples are bared in all their brutality in Francesco Patierno´s impressive directing debut, Pater Familias. Despite the unrelenting cruelty of the images, the pic shows a delicacy in handling the intertwined stories of its rebellious but doomed band of young anti-heroes. Matteo (Luigi Iacuzio) receives permission to spend a day out of prison. As he makes his way home, flashbacks build the atmosphere of oppression and fatality that led him to jail. The various stories unfold in a fluid mixture of past and present, with a final, more upbeat resolution. In each case, an authoritarian, patriarchal father looms as a malevolent shadow figure. Inspired by a non-fiction book by co-scripter Massimo Cacciapuoti, the stories have a raw credibility even at their most heinous.
Deborah Young 


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About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Variety Critics’ Choice: Europe Now!
Director: Francesco Patierno
Screenplay: Francesco Patierno, Massimo Cacciapuoti based on a book by Cacciapuoti
Dir. of Photography: Mauro Marchetti
Music: Angelo Talocci
Editor: Luca M. Gazzolo
Producer: Umberto Massa
Production: Kubla Khan
Cast: Luigi Iacuzio, Federica Bonvolonta, Francesco Pirozzi, Sergio Solli, Antonella Migliore
Contact: Intramovies, Kubla Khan


Francesco Patierno

Film Director


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