First time feature writer and director Luis De Filippis tries to craft a story of anguish for her audience told through the lens of a family vacation. But it ultimately falls short of managing to say much of anything, and it just delivers a story that feels you feeling rather empty and pondering the question as to why. There is nothing inherently negative or wrong with the film, Something You Said Last Night but there is just no obvious or even ambiguous message the film is trying to reach out and say. It is a typical story about sibling rivalry while on a family vacation and the turmoil that is surely brewing. There is always angst on a family vacation.
The major saving grace throughout Something You Said Last Night is found within the family dynamic of characters we are graced with on screen. We have Ren who is played by Carmen Madonia and Sienna played by Paige Evans. There’s also Mona played by Ramona Milano and Guido played by Joe Parro. If it wasn’t obvious that this was a film, audiences would feel like a genuine fly on the wall. It’s like spying on this Italian families vacation.
It is these performances though that engage the audiences even if the movie itself doesn’t have a larger pay from emotional gut punch on even satisfaction of something evolving. The movie just needed to make an emphatic statement, not just watching a day in a life of any semi-dysfunctional family.
Editor’s Note: It has come to our attention that in the above review we make reference to writer/director Luis De Filippis audience as “his audience” rather than correctly saying “her audience”.
This was an unfortunate typo and it has been corrected in the body of the text above.
Justin and the entire In The Seats team fully acknowledge the hurtful nature of what was ultimately an unintentional typo made in the haste and excitement of covering the Toronto International Film Festival.
We sincerely offer our apologies to Ms. De Fillippis, the entire team behind the production of Something You Said Last Night and anyone who may have been offended by this unfortunate editorial error.
- Rated: NR
- Genre: Drama
- Release Date: 9/10/2022
- Directed by: Luis De Filippis
- Starring: Carmen Madonia, Joey Parro, Paige Evans, Ramona Milano
- Produced by: Harry Cherniak, Jessica Adams, Luis De Filippis, Michael Graf, Michela Pini, Rhea Plangg
- Written by: Luis De Filippis
- Studio: CINÉDOKKÉ SAGL, JA PRODUCTIONS INC.