Synopsis by Ryan Shriver
When Italian filmmaker Alina Marazzi was seven years old, her mother Luisa Marazzi Hoepli committed suicide after a brief and intense bout with depression. Marazzi tried to grasp the meaning of her mother's life and death 30 years later through film footage shot during her mother's life mixed with readings from her mother's diary in the young director's 2002 film Un'ora sola ti vorrei (For One More Hour With You). Born to a wealthy Milanese family involved in the Italian publishing industry, young Luisa Marazzi Hoepli is revealed through her own journal entries, as well as film footage shot over the years by her father Ulrico Hoepli, to have been a vivid and well-educated young woman. Growing into a young woman, Luisa wrote about her perceptions of her existence as she later married and gave birth to three children. But tragically, Luisa was admitted to a Swiss psychiatric hospital to combat depression and committed suicide shortly thereafter at the age of 33. Filmmaker Marazzi's ode, of sorts, to the vague memory and acute loss of her mother screened at a number of film festivals in 2002 and 2003, including the Rotterdam International Film Festival.
depression, diary, family-history, home-movies, memory, mental-institution, mother, suicide