Director and co-screenwriter Enzo Monteleone adapts this gentle ensemble comedy from Cristina Comencini's play. Translated as Two Games, this Italian take on The Joy Luck Club opens in the late 1960's with a group of four female friends who meet regularly to play canasta and discuss their lives and dreams. The second game fast-forwards 30 years as their daughters form a similar circle of friends after the death of one of the mothers.
While the main theme in Giuliano Taviani's gentle score combines acoustic guitar and woodwinds in a playful waltz, the remainder of the score takes a much more straightforward approach, allowing situational themes to develop in gentle arrangements. Whimsical and contemplative, these soft themes are explored on acoustic guitar, while more melancholy pieces are played out on piano and strings.