A Five Star Life

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Both breezy and bittersweet, A Five Star Life is the sophisticated story of one woman’s quest for personal and professional fulfillment set against some of the most stunning cities and opulent hotels of the world. Stylish and independent, Irene (Margherita Buy, in a touching performance that garnered her a Donatello Award, Italy’s Oscar-equivalent, for Best Actress) is a single career woman in her forties with a

“A cleverly conceived Italian dramedy… part Up in the Air and part Eat Pray Love.” – Jordan Mintzer, Hollywood Reporter

dream job to die for. As a luxury hotel critic, she checks into the world’s finest establishments incognito to assess their standards, meticulously judging every detail from the concierge’s manners to the temperature of the food to the quality of the bedsheets. Her elegant, unattached lifestyle affords her the freedom to jet around the globe – from Paris to Berlin to Morocco to China – at a moment’s notice to experience a world of luxury, but it doesn’t leave her with much of a personal life. On the rare occasions she’s not working, Irene’s world revolves around her absent-minded sister Silvia, two frisky young nieces, and best friend – and former lover – Andrea. But when Silvia begins to deal with marital problems and Andrea faces an unexpected life change, Irene’s small support network is fractured and she struggles to balance a glamorous career with the growing desire for something more. After a chance meeting shakes up her worldview even more, she’s compelled to reexamine her choices and charts her own path to happiness despite the expectations of others. A sleeper hit in its native Italy, A Five Star Life is an engaging, sumptuously-filmed look at the unexpected pitfalls of luxury, told with equal parts humor and pathos.