IFC Films has released the official trailer for Liam Neeson-starring film Made in Italy.
The gentle-looking film tells the story of a London artist (Neeson) who returns to Italy with his estranged son (played by Neeson’s real-life son, Micheál Richardson; the two were also together in 2019 thriller Cold Pursuit) to repair and sell the house they inherited from his late wife.
It looks like a sweet film, and one that may hold further emotional weight with the knowledge that Neeson and Richardson lost a wife and mother respectively when actress Natasha Richardson died from a skiing accident in 2009. This is the first film directed and written by actor James D’Arcy (Dunkirk, Cloud Atlas).
Made in Italy, also starring Valeria Bilello and Lindsay Duncan, will be opening in limited U.S. theaters and hits VOD on August 7th.
Official synopsis for Made in Italy:
Made In Italy is a heart-warming father son story set in glorious Tuscany about bohemian London artist Robert (Neeson), who returns to Italy with his estranged son Jack (Richardson) to make a quick sale of the house they inherited from his late wife. Neither expects to find the once beautiful villa in such a state of disrepair…
Renovations go badly, with father and son soon finding themselves at odds. Robert’s comical lack of DIY experience leads him to seek help from some colourful locals including the no nonsense Kate (Duncan), an ex-pat making her living selling villas who quickly captures his attention. For Jack, the state of the house seems to mirror his search for memories of happier times with his mother. He soon falls for Natalia (Bilello), a vivacious young Italian chef, who restores both body and soul with delights from her local trattoria – until the pair find their developing relationship in jeopardy from Natalia’s jealous and threatening ex-husband. As Robert and Jack painstakingly restore the villa to its previous glory, they also start to mend their relationship. The future may now look quite different and surprise them both.