United Kingdom: April 09 2010
United States: June 18 2010
Ranking: 4,031 out of 16,234 movies (up 2009)
We open on a journey through the idyllic snow covered streets of Milan in the run up to Christmas. We enter a stunning, bourgeois mansion house: the home of the wealthy Recchi family. The families are gathering for a birthday dinner in honor of the patriarchal figure of Edoardo Recchi Sr. We are introduced to Emma, the stylish head of the household who is overseeing arrangements with the servants. With his health in a poor state, Edoardo Sr is preparing to hand over the reigns to the Recchi textile business. It seems a foregone conclusion when Edoardo Sr announces that he will be handing over to his son Tancredi. However, when he tells them that his grandson Edoardo Jr (Edo), Emma & Tancredi?s son, will have joint control there is a ripple of surprise at the dinner table. Gianluca, Edo?s brother is left out of the deal. Later on, a young man, Antonio, arrives at the house to deliver a cake to Edo. Having beaten him in a race earlier that day, the chef has brought a consolation present. Emma is introduced to him and thinks nothing more of the encounter. Some months later, Emma by chance comes across a note from her daughter Betta to Edo. In the letter, she tells Edo that she has fallen in love with a woman. With her daughter living in the UK where she is studying, Emma is starting to feel that her children have their own lives in which she no longer has a part. She struggles to take this new information on board. Meanwhile, Edo and Antonio are hatching a plan to launch their own restaurant. With Antonio?s culinary flair and Edo?s business acumen, they seem to have the perfect partnership. The task of persuading Antonio?s restaurateur father to let them use his land falls to Edo. When Edoardo Sr dies, Tancredi decides that the best option for the Recchi family business is to sell it to the highest bidder.