Director: Abel Ferrara
Year Released: 2019
An American filmmaker (Willem Dafoe) is living in Rome with his much younger wife Nikki (Cristina Chiriac, Ferrara's spouse) and daughter Deedee (Anna Ferrara, his daughter) and struggling with the usual pains: he attends addiction meetings, he frets over the possibility of Nikki being unfaithful, himself being unfaithful and general creative block. It wasn't enough that he made a film about Pasolini with Dafoe in the lead, now he has Dafoe as himself ... and while he's had a career long enough to warrant self-reflection, this is just narcissistic and aimless, with too many scenes that just feel randomly inserted, like he filmed a dream journal with no interest in structure (Fellini he is not). How strange must it be (or tantalizing? cuckoldry is a fantasy for some) to record the woman you married and committed to simulating making love to other man ... or maybe when you hit 68 years old you just stop giving a damn.