The Invisible Thread Movie Review

Marco Simon Puccioni returns to address the topic of LGBT in his latest film, ‘The Invisible Thread.’ This Italian film is set to release on Netflix on March 4, 2022. Based on the writings of Luca De Bei and Marco Simon Puccioni, the film highlights the complicated dynamics between mixed-race parents and their unique views.

The original Italian title of the film is ‘Il filo invisibile,’ and it premiered in Italian cinemas between February 21 and 23, 2022. This 1.5-hour drama features Filippo Timi, Francesco Scianna, and Francesco Gheghi.

Join us as we delve into the complexities of mixed-race family dynamics and the LGBTQ+ community in ‘The Invisible Thread,’ directed by Marco Simon Puccioni.

Synopsis The Invisible Thread

Leone Ferrari (Francesco Gheghi) makes a video project about his family for a school assignment. But his family is different, he has 2 fathers named Paolo Ferrari (Filippo Timi) and Simone Lavia (Francesco Scianna). Simone and Paolo became an official LGBTQ+ couple and had son Leone from an American biological mother named Tilly Nolan (Jodhi May).

Leone’s school life goes on as usual, and he has a crush on a new transfer from France named Anna Del Monte (Giulia Maenza). They keep liking each other. However, Anna thought that Leone was also gay like his parents.

Once upon a time, Leone’s two fathers had an argument because Paolo caught Simone having an affair with another man. Family relationships that were once harmonious fell apart. Paolo decides to separate from Simone. However, Leone’s custody was subject to intense debate. A DNA test is the only way to find out the official biological father between Simone or Paolo to decide whose custody falls into whose hands.

The Invisible Thread

The Invisible Thread Movie Review

The characters that unite the conflict

Francesco Gheghi made Loene’s character successful in showing a stressed child full of dilemmas with his parents’ problems. Here, Simone’s character from Francesco Scianna becomes the main conflict between these two fathers. His role is quite representative of a person who is indecisive about new relationships or maintaining old ones. Especially when Simone and Paolo blamed each other and there was a big commotion, presenting a tense and entertaining atmosphere with their ridiculous actions.

Not only these two roles, the appearance of Anna and some of Leone’s school friends enriches the conflict outside the Leone family. Issues of suspicion that Leone might also be a same-sex lover at school made it difficult for him to get along with his friends. Even though there were few conflicts at school, Leone’s role with Anna, plus Anna’s brother who apparently likes Leone, made Leone’s school life more complicated and highlighted the conflict in the character of this one child.

Review The Invisible Thread

The role of the mother Tilly from Jodhi May is also the right encouragement for Leone’s character. The mother figure, who should fill Leone’s growing years, is present at a crucial time when Simone and Paolo are fighting.

LGBT issues are presented in a different way

In some countries LGBT issues and themes or more globally with LGBTQ+ are difficult to reach various audience segments. But Marco Simon Puccioni presents this theme in an entertaining way. In terms of the conflict between the two fathers and their children, which should feel heavy, it becomes a ridiculous drama from their own behavior.

Families with 2 fathers are rare, let alone having official and legal children. This is quite interesting from the start of the game. Even though it highlights the relationship between 2 men and marriage, not many scenes of same-sex lovers are highlighted. Everything related to LGBTQ+ relations is conveyed properly without demeaning certain groups. For several scenes, Leone, who is also suspected of being a same-sex lover, only appears in a few parts.

This conflict in LGBTQ+ is richer with Simone’s unexpected affair, which unexpectedly chose her mistress instead of her old partner Paolo. It is something new when a same-sex couple is unfaithful and chooses another same-sex partner in a film. Even though LGBT is very strong, its prominence feels comfortable to watch.

The cheerful portrayal keeps the drama simple

Family dramas have always been a staple for home movies. However, the issue of LGBT that was raised became a barrier that was quite sensitive. Marco Simon Puccioni’s portrayal of the LGBTQ+ family looks comfortable enough for all types of audiences to follow. The family split conflict from infidelity is presented without exaggeration.

Movie The Invisible Thread

The minimal role made her the focus of the two main conflicts of Leone and his school life, as well as the split between Simone and Paolo. Indeed, these 2 main conflicts are not really related. But the character of Leone, who is the bridge in this drama, is quite good and easy to accept.

The conflict, which should have been a big polemic for the separation of 2 parents, was presented by the characters Sinome and Paolo in a very entertaining way. Starting from Paolo who found out about the affair through Simone’s cellphone, then the anxiety he experienced. Until the ridiculous fuss of the two of them destroying each other. All of these things make for cheerful entertainment in the midst of Leone’s inner conflict, which fortunately is entertained by the figure of Anna.

The Invisible Thread Conclusion

A unique theme about LGBTQ+ couples is played beautifully from minimal characters. The unique roles of Leone’s children and the fights between Simone and Paolo’s two fathers are presented very entertaining, even though the conflicts they face are quite complicated. The affair of a same-sex couple to another is something new.

The drama depiction of 2 opposing conflicts is bridged by Leone’s role which is quite central throughout the film. From issues related to sensitive issues, they are brought with great joy and become unique entertainment without demeaning certain groups.

You can watch the drama of the division of 2 fathers to fight over their only child on Netflix.


Zephyrine is an experienced film critic who has worked for many magazines and websites specializing in cinema. She has a deep education in film history and theory, as well as a passion for classic and independent films. Writing style: Zephyrine always evaluates films objectively and honestly, not influenced by external factors such as the fame of actors or directors. She often focuses on the content, screenplay, technique, and personal feelings to provide insights and reviews of the film. Her writing style is easy to understand and familiar to readers, but also professional and profound. Notable articles: "Step Up" - Success comes from the perseverance and relentless effort of young people "The Social Network" - A fantastic documentary film about the birth of Facebook "Moonlight" - A touching story about love and the essence of humanity "Nomadland" - A poignant journey of a mature woman "Parasite" - A sensational film of Korean cinema with profound social messages.

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