A Five Star Life

Single and middle-aged, beautiful Irene (Margarita Buy) is wholly devoted to her job as an inspector of luxury hotels. Constantly on the road, she indulges in expensive pleasures at impeccable resorts, but always incognito and alone, soon escaping to the next exotic destination with her checklist and laptop in tow. When her best friend and ex Andrea (Stefano Accorsi), who has always been a source of emotional support, suddenly becomes unavailable, Irene is thrown into a deep existential crisis. “Luxury is a form of deceit,” she is told by a fellow traveller in the fog of a steam room, and thus begins Irene’s quest to bring more meaning into her life.


Set in an awesomely retro, day-glo vision of 1980s Rome, Misunderstood follows nine-year-old Aria, a precocious girl finding her way amidst the unraveling marriage of her temperamental artist parents. Despite the turmoil swirling around her, Aria’s spirit remains irrepressible, buoyed by her vivid imagination and budding talent as a writer. With a soundtrack that runs the gamut from punk to Mozart, Misunderstood is a fresh, frank look at the good, the bad, and the strange of growing up.