Speriamo che sia femmina (film di Mario Monicelli del 1986)

SPERIAMO CHE SIA FEMMINA è un classico cinematografico del 1986 diretto da Mario Monicelli, autore a sua volta del copione assieme a Tullio Pinelli, Leonardo Benvenuti Piero De Bernardi e Suso Cecchi D’Amico.

Il film racconta la tribolata vita di una famiglia quasi del tutto femminile eccetto lo zio Gugo, tedioso, rimbambito ma a suo modo simpatico, ed il Conte Leonardo, coniuge di Elena ma, d’accordo con la moglie, residente altrove. Il nobile ormai decaduto appare all’improvviso in cerca di finanziamenti per ribaltare un termale fatiscente in una struttura moderna, tentativo vanificato dalla donna che, appoggiata dal fattore Nardoni, suo amante, nega la liquidità al marito che, depresso e spalle al muro, va in cerca di sfogo a vedere un incantevole panorama da un dirupo accompagnato dal bizzarro Gugo, il quale fa compiere una sciagurata marcia indietro al Conte che lo fa precipitare nel vuoto uccidendolo all’interno della sua macchina. La famiglia scopre la tragedia con ritardo e ciò scatena una diatriba tra le donne che si accusano vicendevolmente di aver trascurato il defunto che, sentitosi isolato, è stato travolto dal suo crudele destino. Il giorno del funerale appare un’altra donna amante del conte e a sua volta indebitata dai sinistri affari dello stesso: è Lori, che possiede una palestra, la quale si sfoga con le altre trovando grazie a loro complicità e conforto. Elena allora comunica con coraggio e ottimismo che il casale non sarà venduto come deciso in precedenza e che, facendo quadrato, si pagheranno i debiti e risolveranno i problemi.

Questo magistrale affresco familiare pone la figura femminile al centro dell’attenzione, confermando una volta ancora come le quote rosa siano il cuore della vita quotidiana per la capacità di rimboccarsi le maniche ripartendo da zero con lungimiranza, mentre quella maschile ne esce malconcia per avventatezza, arroganza e lassismo. Monicelli cura i particolari allentando i toni più marcati della commedia, mettendo in luce le grandi interpreti senza rinunciare a qualche parentesi comica merito di Bernard Blier/zio Gugo.

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