Based on the memoir by Italian expatriate Kuki Gallman, Hugh Hudson's lavish family epic chronicles Gallman's transformation from timid, pampered hausfrau to the sort of woman who routinely chases elephants from her garden. Pretty, feckless Kuki (Kim
Basinger) is raising her 7-year-old, Emanuele (Liam Aiken as a child; Garrett Strommen as a teen), in her mother's palatial Venetian home; abandoned by her husband, Kuki's life is a humdrum round of pointless parties. But while recovering from a devastating car crash, Kuki begins imagining a
different life, her thoughts always circling back to her father's childhood stories of Africa. Thank heavens for handsome Paolo (...