Bang Bang Baby: You’ll Get A Slap In The Face This Series About A Teen Looking For Fatherly Love, On Prime

The Italian series Bang Bang Baby is available on Amazon Prime Video. We met her director, who is proud to highlight the characteristics of plural and powerful women.

And if we take advantage of this weekend marked by the festival Mania series make or remake a good series?

Bang Bang Baby, a teenager in search of fatherly love

The BANG BANG BABY series narrated by director Michele Alhaique and actress Arianna Becheroni

Alice is not a very happy teenager. Difficult for her to lead a carefree life, made up of parties and friendships, when her father was killed in front of her eyes when she was just a child.

One day Alice comes across a photo in a newspaper. A photo of a man who looks suspiciously like her father.

Alice, sure that her mother has lied to her about her father’s death, takes a bus to Milan and goes to a house that she believes to be that of her paternal grandmother.

He finds there the woman he had come to look for, a brusque and menacing woman, who however immediately takes Alice under his wing.

At the teenager’s request, he accompanies her to a detention center, where his father is locked up in a cell.

Alice, moved, bewildered, promises her father to help her get out of there, and to remove the evidence of her guilt in who knows what case.

It is the beginning of a new life for Alice, a violent life within a mafia organization that will profoundly change her vision of the world and of humanity.

Bang Bang Baby through the eyes of its director Michele Alhaique

To deepen our understanding of this series, both pop, with its 80s aesthetic, and terribly dark, we wanted to meet its director.

His name is Michele Alhaique, and it was in an anthracite suit that he received us, a few steps from the sea and the yachts of Cannes, at the maritime station where the wooden crates are, which welcome the confidences that artists want to do right for journalists.

Madmoizelle: The origin of Alice’s enlistment is her search for fatherly love. And for you what was the genesis of this project?

Michael Alhaique. In fact, it was the creator of the series who called me for this project. Then there was the delivery and then Amazon reached out to me about the project. When I read the script, I was captivated. There was an explosion of different tones, it was flamboyant. At first I was scared because I didn’t have any other references to movies or series that looked like this program and that could have helped me figure out how to stage this story. As you know, in Italy, we tend to make series that always resemble what we’ve already seen, and instead there I found myself with something completely new, to be shaped entirely. At first I was totally scared and then I was thrilled. I wanted the transitions between the different tones in the series to be smooth, to have bridges that aren’t noticeable. Specifically, the pandemic has allowed me to read the script well and prepare well for this project, which is very important to me.

Madmoizelle: What particularly marked us, in bang bang baby, is the representation of female characters, all very powerful. We have the grandmother, who clearly decides everything for the others and threatens a prison guard, the mother who threatens her grandmother, and Alice, ready to do anything, even the most serious, the most violent, in order to complete her search. Was it important to you to shape great heroines?

It’s true that there has been a trend in recent years to focus more on female roles, and for good reason. Until very recently women in screenplays were hangers-on, “wives of” for example, but now we’ve realized that we can have female characters who have a nice depth, a centrality, who are the protagonist and not the support of other male characters. bang bang baby it gave me the opportunity to showcase different facets of femininity.

Madmoizelle: There’s a real surge in teen drama series. Of course I’m thinking about it Euphoria, one of whose main actresses was present on the Cannes pink carpet last night. Why do you think? Do they support more empathy, these identity-seeking characters?

In fact, before you do bang bang baby, I had already worked with very young people, and I find it particularly interesting. For example, in my last short film, the protagonists were 3 children. It’s true that teenagers and children are central characters in more and more programs and I think it’s simply because there is a sleeping child in all of us. It is something central, childhood. In fact, it is not easy to talk about adolescence, indeed it is very complex. I, who I grew up with The 400 strokes, it’s a film that sticks to my skin, and I think it’s important as a project to tell adolescence in different forms, especially through drama, because we’ve all lived it and we know it a lot even if the emotions we felt at that Age is pure emotion. There are no cultural or social references that are going to influence how one feels one way or another and I think film and television need that clarity. We meet Alice, in the first episode, when she has already lived 10 years without her father, thinking that she is dead, and therefore this absence is a void, a chasm that she has tried to fill with bulimia. So we had to be able to tell it directly, with direct spontaneity.

Madmoizelle: You were talking earlier 400 rounds, and also the lack of tonal diversity in the Italian programmes. Has French cinema, known for its many facets, influenced your creations in one way or another?

I believe that French production is a point of reference, in terms of cinema, indeed. It’s a cinema that inspires me, in so many different ways. Above all The 400 strokesreally (laughs).

You have also directed several episodes of the series In the heart of the mafia. With Bang bang baby, you return to the brutal world of mafia organization. Why such an appetite for the world of crime?

What I like, I’ll tell you, is the extreme dimension of this universe where the expressed needs are almost primary. What fascinates me is that it is a world in which we are constantly, directly, confronted with life and death. And it is the characters in all their complexity that will feed the nuances of this rather drastic, rather radical world which is that of crime.

Michele Alhaique, after a warm goodbye, has returned to the light of the streets of Cannes, which contrast categorically with the harsh world of his dear bang bang darlingYes.

Source: Madmoizelle

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