A gauzy look at the formative years of an Italian boy who's raised by a gaggle of expatriate women against the backdrop of WWII. 1935: The illegitimate son of a local businessman who wants little to do with him, Luca (played as a child by Charlie
Lucas, and as a teenager by Baird Wallace) is taken in by Mary Wallace (Joan Plowright), an older English woman living in a local pensione.
Mary's friends pitch in and help care for the child, taking him to school and to museums, teaching him to love literature and firmly inculcating him with steadfast notions of right and wrong. His mentors include artistic Arabella (Judi Dench); Elsa (Cher), a flighty, fabulously w...