Figli delle stelle [Unlikely Revolutionaries] - Lucio Pellegrini 2010 -- "A dock worker, a chronically unemployed man, a middle-aged university professor, an insecure tv journalist & a recently released convict are all disappointed by their lives. They decide to kidnap a political minister so they can give the ransom money to the family of a man who died in an on-the-job accident & then escape to Valle d'Aosta."
Rocco e i suoi fratelli [Rocco & His Brothers] - Luchino Visconti 1960 -- "The story of 4 poor Italian brothers & their mother who leave their country home & move to bustling Milan with hopes of improving their bitter fortune. The family is thrown into chaos when two of the brothers are torn apart by their love for the same woman & their struggles to succeed in a viciously competitive world."
Mine vaganti [Loose Cannons] - Ferzan Ozpetek 2010 -- "Tommaso is the youngest son of the Cantones, a large, traditional Italian family operating a pasta-making business since the '60s. On a trip home from Rome, where he studies literature & lives with his boyfriend, Tommaso decides to tell his parents the truth about himself. But when he is finally ready to come out in front of the entire family, his older brother Antonio ruins his plans."
La ragazza del lago [The Girl by the Lake] - Andrea Molaioli 2007 -- "The body of a young girl is found on the shores of a northern Italian lake. Sanzio, a middle-aged police officer with family troubles of his own, is put in charge of investigation. He discovers much beneath tranquil appearances in the nearby village."