Country: Italy
Year: 1998
Duration: 27'

The events are autobiographical and tell of the protagonist's visit to his mother, who was in a hospital for people suffering from Alzheimer's disease. An occasion for comparing the present with the past, the visit gives a chance to question ourselves about the role that memory plays in the lives of human beings as well as to reflect on the way that the media world have paid scant attention to the aged.

"André Bazin said that it was not allowed to film two things - the sexual act and death. He was probably right. As I was working, I often asked myself if it was permissible to use my own feelings to make a video. I also asked myself if it was not immoral to exploit the disease of a person who hasn't got intelligence and will anymore and then to put this person on exhibit for the audience to feed on. At the end I asked myself if this were not only a pretext for my narcissism. I haven't been able to answer my own questions. However, I know that this documentary has helped me to accept Alzheimer's disease, and this is not a small thing!" (Riccardo Rovescalli).


film director

Riccardo Rovescalli

Riccardo Rovescalli (Milan, 1953) is a university graduate in Philosophy. He attended film courses at the Upper School of Social communication of Milan. He was assistant director in Gianfranco Bettetini's L'ultima mazurca and Michele Sordillo's La cattedra. He produced two of Sordillo's films for Arcadia - Da qualche parte in città and Acquario - both presented at the Venice International Exhibition of Cinematographic Art.


Bathalo Drom (1988), L'acqua, la terra, la cripta (1994), La dedica (1997), Quel che resta di lei (1998).


& Credits

Regia, soggetto, sceneggiatura e fotografia: Riccardo Rovescalli.
Editor: Gianni Lari.
Cast: Riccardo Rovescalli, Amelia Moderna, Patrizia Spadin, Antonio Russo, Enrico Colombo.
Production company: Universit` Cattolica del Sacro Cuore - Scuola di Specializzazione in Comunicazioni Sociali, largo A. Gemelli, 20123 Milano, Italy, tel. +39-2-72342814, fax +39-2-72342815.