Director: Valeria Golino
Starring: Jasmine Trinca, Carlo Cecchi
Showing at this years Australian Italian Film Festival, you might want to give this one a miss. Successful Italian actress and now first time director Valeria Golino has taken on the difficult subject of euthanasia but has self indulged herself in getting the perfect shot that she has forgotten the audience and left us all feeling like death warmed up, as each scene takes an eternity to get to the point and then in the end probably wasn't needed.
Irene who goes by the pseudonym Miele (Italian for Honey) is part of an euthanasia vigilantes group hired for cash to kill terminally ill people. This is all illegal so she has to fly to Mexico and buy medicine that they use to put down dogs. It's the worst job in the world and when she comes across a client that doesn't fit the mold, played by Carlo Cecchi, she has to re-evaluate what constitutes a good reason to die.
Although this is quite a boring film, there are some beautifully shot scenes and in particular a very emotional one involving a young man and his mother dealing with the the whole process. The relationship between Jasmine and Carlo's characters didn't quite gel and was a little predictable by the end. ROB