Abel Ferrara • Italy • 2014 • Willem Dafoe in a raw rendering of an American expat living in Rome.
Tommaso is an American expat living in Rome. His days pass listlessly—taking Italian courses, working on a new script, attending an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. Once a wild child, Tommaso is living a life of relative domestic tranquility with his wife and young daughter. Or so it seems. At the park one day Tommaso believes he sees his wife flirting with a younger man, an ambiguous event that signals his unraveling.
Starring Willem Dafoe in a raw rendering of the titular role, Tommaso blends fiction, reality and fantasy to unsettling effect. Prolific filmmaker Abel Ferrara’s penultimate work premiered at Cannes, Karlovy Vary, Jeonju and Lisbon, where it won the Grand Jury Prize. Tommaso is a New York Times Critic's Pick.