Tommaso (Dir. Abel Ferrara, 2019)

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Abel Ferrara’s first dramatic feature since 2014’s Pasolini re-teams the filmmaker and his frequent lead Willem Dafoe, who delivers a career-best performance as the title character, an older American expat living in Rome with his young wife and their daughter. Disoriented by his past misgivings and subsequent, unexpected blows to his self-esteem, Tommaso wades through this late chapter of his life with an increasingly impaired grasp on reality as he prepares for his next film. Tommaso is easily Ferrara and Dafoe’s most personal and engrossing collaboration to date, a delicately surrealistic work of autofiction marked by the keen sensitivity of two consummate artists.

 

A rough-edged, soul-baring self-portrait.

Ben Kenigsberg, RogertEbert.com

One of the most candid movies of its kind.

Rory O'Connor, The Film Stage

[An] honest character study of a man struggling with guilt and anxiety. Dafoe is incredible.

Tom Bond, Little White Lies

[Tommaso] manages to feel rough and risky while somehow sensitive at the same time, like the best of them.

Eric Kohn, Indiewire

Like Pasolini, [Tommaso] shows a life that struggles to balance the fantastic possibilities of filmmaking with the day-to-day mania involved in living a fulfilled family and creative life. It is remarkable and not a little touching that Ferrara so wishes to share the torments and pleasures of his daily life he has found while striving to create greater things.
Daniel Kasman, MUBI Notebook

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