When life becomes unfair, sometimes there is no other way but to flee from what troubles us. Some of us run away from the law and some of us from ourselves. Yet, the truth finds a way to catch up with our lies and finds a way to break through our walls of pretentiousness. “La Famiglia” is a screenplay that deals with the act of fleeing from danger, revealing the consequences of lying; to ourselves and others.
The screenplay presents two different men that are escaping from their troubles. Antonio is a single gay man wrongly accused of impersonating a U.S voter and Davide happens to be a divorced man that continues to hide his sexuality through yet another heterosexual relationship. The two men are connected through a need. One needs to hide from the police and the other needs a motherly figure to look after his children. The common denominator these characters have is that both lie and this brings unrest to their loved ones. Antonio has to hide, worrying his family and friends and Davide keeps his sexuality secret even though his children sense the truth of their father.
From the very start of its plot, “La Famiglia” shows the unrest of its characters, building up their efforts to hide until the characters cannot hide anymore, thus having to spill their hearts out and embrace honesty. Yet, out of continuous pain and lies, a paradoxical love is born, snatching away the masks of the two men who have no other option but to embrace this undeniable feeling that consumes them. Once the lies are over, the two characters manage to find happiness and the environment around them supports their romance, leaving no more room for prejudice or shame.
Moreover, another fascinating aspect of “La Famiglia” seems to be the genuineness of its characters, especially Davide’s. The screenplay shows a father that puts the wellness of his children above him and is determined to sacrifice his true feelings for what is deemed right by society. Unfortunately, these actions do more harm than good to his children who remain conflicted about their father. It’s only after Davide drastically makes the “right” decision to marry his girlfriend that both his children prefer him to be real. It’s the father’s honesty the children want, rather than his supposed normality. Along with the change of their father, the children seem to change as well, seeing life and love from a different perspective, even if their mothers’ absence pains them. Truly, the screenplay presents such a complex situation with much genuineness.