Libero (15)

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This modest Italian family drama is notable for an outstanding performance by 11-year-old Alessandro Morace as Tommi, caught between emotionally incontinent parents and a sister (Marta Nobili) who teases him. Kim Rossi Stuart, directing for the first time, plays his father, a proud man struggling with his wife's desertion and a tendency to fly off the handle.

The loneliness of the boy is poignantly conveyed. So too his independence: instead of the swimmer his father wants him to be, Tommi wants to play football, in the position of sweeper – "libero" – the nuances of which the film's British title, Along the Ridge, fails to capture.

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