Should Pieta by Michael Fitzgerald be a movie, it could easily be classified as Art House in genre, as the story line or rather several storylines, are interwoven in a somewhat surreal dance through time, emotion and place.
Ranging over thirty years the cast of characters is often difficult to disseminate as they move through time, all undertaking a small part of a family journey that begins back in Rome in the heady days of the 1970’s, when Lucy, the main character’s mother, was a Nun.
After her death, Lucy is tasked with returning some artifacts to Rome at the time of the Millennium, with her mother’s warning echoing in her mind, ‘Be careful what you wish for’! But before Lucy gets to Rome, she lands a job as an au-pair for Jean-Claude and his wife Mathilda, who then leaves for Australia to research Aboriginal art, leaving Jean-Claude and Lucy to care for baby Felix.
Enter Pieta the statue of Michelangelo, now shrouded behind bullet proof glass and the mysterious parcel that needs to be returned to Poste Vaticane, Rome!
The storyline is complex, disjointed in parts and not all that easy to follow, but does in some sense highlight families, differences, challenges and life, all getting in the mix of trying to define a place in the tribe we call families and finding a place we call home.