18 gifts (2020): are they enough?
18 gifts is part of the true story of a pregnant woman who must face her near and premature death. With the intention that his future daughter remembers her, he prepares a gift for each of the girl’s birthdays until she turns 18.
An attractive idea
Italian cinema , led by Francesco Amato ( Cosimo e Nicole, 2012; Let yourself go, 2017 ), brings us an interesting proposal inspired by the true story of Elisa Girotto, a pregnant woman who must face her near and premature death. With the intention that his future daughter remembers her, he prepares a gift for each of the girl’s birthdays until she turns 18. Without going into evaluating secondary aspects, the idea is simply wonderful. One of those that generate interest and prepare us for an emotional story.
18 gifts is inspired by Elisa Girotto’s idea to cope with her own death, and for which her daughter receives a gift from her mother every birthday. The rest is fiction.
Where we expected rigor, plausibility and a narrative attached to reality, we find a fantasy with clear tear tendencies.
It is in the development of history where we will find the main deficiencies. Where we expected rigor, plausibility and a narrative attached to reality, we find a fantasy with clear tear tendencies.
I felt cheated for much of his viewing. Of course, I found a very different movie than expected and, of course, worse. Once again, the label ” based on real events ” is used as a hook to attract the viewer and try to force their empathy, instead of a statement of intent from the film to adhere to the events that actually happened.
Disappointing flight from reality
The viewer needs to know that we will find ourselves before a film about the fantasy of a girl who longs for her mother, whom she has never been able to meet. A daughter who longs to enjoy the time she never had with her mother, to share with her happiness and pain. She cannot appreciate the gifts that her mother has given her every birthday because, sadly, that date coincides with that of her death.
I understand that altering what happened a lot can make sense in many movies, but not this one. Transforming reality until it is reduced to the desire of a mother and daughter to know each other is a step backwards. As is also showing what we wish would have happened, instead of what really happened.
18 gifts delves into the feelings of the protagonists, although it forces certain situations to transmit them. We managed to empathize with them. We perceive the sadness of Elisa (Vittoria Puccini) as her death approaches, more when she knows that she will not be able to enjoy what she most wanted for so long. We will face the absence of Elisa from the point of view of her husband, Alessio (Edoardo Leo), and especially Anna (Benedetta Porcaroli), her daughter. All this reflected in decent performances.
As a result of these positive aspects, the film alta definizione is seen, entertained and even enjoyed at times. His mistake has been to give up a very interesting true story, to tell us a fantasy that is not so much. I am aware that my disappointment will not be the same for everyone and there will be people who enjoy the film, who are excited… and who cry.
So are 18 gifts enough ? For me they are not. If you want to know if they are for you, give the film a chance.