A Rai Fiction - Banijay Studios Italy co-production
The Spanish format Merlì of TV3 Catalunya, distributed by Lagardère
Directed by Alessandro D’Alatri
Written by Sandro Petraglia, Fidel Signorile, Valentina Gaddi, Sebastiano Melloni
With Alessandro Gassmann, Claudia Pandolfi, Francesca Cavallin, Chistiane Filangieri, Paolo Conticini, Nicolas Maupas
Professor Dante Balestra has recently started teaching at the Leonardo da Vinci high school in Rome. The non-conformng and charismatic teacher of philosophy presents the thoughts of the great philosophers in an eccentric and provocative way, teaching his students to think for themselves. Thanks to him, Socrates, Nietzsche, Epicurus and the other great thinkers are not dusty chapters of philosophy books, but companions of who can help solve life's problems. Dante really likes women, but will know true love only with Anita, the single mother of his rebellious student Manuel. After years of absence Dante returned to Rome to look after his son Simone, meanwhile the mother of Simone moved abroad for work. The teacher knows how to deal with his students, but the relationship with his own son is a real disaster. Dante is provocative and unconventional, Simone is mature and has never broken the rules. Dante does not understand the conformity of his son and Simone cannot bear the frivolity of his father. In fact, Dante is not without worries: his former student, Mimmo, ended up in prison, and now Manuel, the most difficult student, is on the wrong path. Dante decides to take care of him and even hosts him at home. This throws Simone into crisis, because he realized he had fallen in love with Manuel. Mystery and pain started to revolve around the confused boy, once he found out something that his father was never before able to confess.