Italian filmmaker Asia Argento has directed Misunderstood (Incompresa), a fine depiction of a misunderstood adolescent girl, growing up in 1984 Rome.
Aria (Giulia Salerno) is the 9-year-old daughter of an Italian film star (Gabriel Garko) and a classical musician (Charlotte Gainsbourg), who are both too narcissistic to care for each other much less the child they had together. What love they do have is given to the daughters each had from previous marriages.
When the volatile couple breaks up, Aria is shuttled back and forth from mother to father, depending on their particular whim. The only way the young girl can survey is to eventually fantasize their caring. But, that only leads to an attempted suicide attempt. Or, was that a fantasy, as well.
Although the above sounds dark, I must tell you I had a smile on my face throughout. Giulia Salerno is a real find and she and her friends, thanks to Argento, gave a wonderful depiction of children of the ‘80s.
I give Misunderstood (Incompresa) a 4 out of 5.