MADE IN ITALY is a heart-warming comedy set in glorious Tuscany, starring Liam Neeson as Robert, a charming artist who returns to Italy with his estranged son Jack (Neeson’s real life son Micheál Richardson) to make a quick sale of the house they inherited from his late wife. However, they are shocked to find the once glorious villa dilapidated and in a state of disrepair.
Renovations go badly, and father and son find themselves at odds once again. Robert’s comical lack of DIY experience leads him to seek help from some colourful locals, but for Jack, the state of the house seems to mirror his search for memories of happier times with his mother. Jack’s heart opens up when he meets Natalia, a vivacious Italian chef who restores both body and soul with delights from her local trattoria - until the pair find their developing relationship in jeopardy from Natalia’s jealous and threatening ex-husband.
As Robert and Jack painstakingly restore the villa to its previous glory, they also start to mend their relationship. The future may now look quite different and surprise them both.
★★★½ - DEADLINE
"[Tuscany] is a gorgeous setting for this touching and often quite amusing and funny human story.
"Neeson is excellent and nicely trades his action-star credentials for some fine and surprisingly sharp comedic chops."
"Offering a nice preview of a future travel destination once you fall in love all over again with the wonders of the Tuscan sun.
★★★½ - NZ HERALD
"A superlatively pleasant cinematic excursion to Tuscany"
"An enjoyable watch throughout, thanks to an appealing cast and a gorgeous, charming setting."