Marco Simon Puccioni’s new Italian drama is a tale of a family of two homosexuals and their son, and is a good comedy critiquing the progressive world, modern-day parenting, and family dysfunctionality.
This review of The Invisible Thread is spoiler-free.
When films try to talk about sensitive subject matters like homosexuality, the makers have to make sure they deal with the subject with utmost care. Though I am not a seasoned viewer of LGBTQ films, the few I have seen follow the trend. As a result, the movies harbors a serious tonality. But with Netflix’s new Italian drama, The Invisible Thread, I come to witness a fresh take on the LGBTQ community.
Directed by Marco Simon Puccioni, the film is a comedy that deals with a teenage boy, Leone, and his struggles living with his two fathers Simone and Paolo. A movie with a lot of things going on in the background is a treat to watch for me. From dealing with the coming of age problems, critiquing the so-called progressive society, and finding love in the most heartening moments, this film has a beautiful balance between the seriousness of the subject matter and the mockery of contemporary society.
The writing by Luca De Bei and Puccioni is slick and funny. Though some scenes are loud and hysterical, it fits the context of the story.
Francesco Gheghi is relatable in the role of Leone. As I belong to the same age group as him in the movie, I can relate to his struggles in life. Filippo Timi and Francesco Scianna play the two fathers and are good in their respective roles. They carry the comedy portion brilliantly on their shoulders. Jodhi May as Leone’s surrogate mother also does a great job with her performance. But her role is quite short. That is the complaint about her role from my side.
With all these elements, The Invisible Thread is a joyous ride for me. Though the film has a bittersweet ending, it gives you hope to love your family members. And, if you are finding hope to move on despite heartbreaks, this is the movie for you.