Nanni Moretti is seen watching television with his mother. They are watching a debate in which the candidates on the upcoming presidential election. It is clear Silvio Berlusconi, a man Mr. Moretti dislikes, is going to be the winner. As he explored in his more interesting "Il Caimano", there was no love lost between the director and Mr. Berlusconi.
"Aprile" is a film that tries to cover a lot of territory. It is, basically, Nanni's own observations about his profession, which at the moment we come to the story seems to be facing an artistic crisis, a blockage, if you have it. The director, who loves to gather newspaper articles that he might perhaps use later on in a film, wants to do a musical comedy film. For that, he interviews Silvio Orlandi, an actor not known for his singing, or dancing abilities, for the leading role. When the shooting begins, Mr. Moretti feels he is not ready to go ahead and dismissed everyone.
This film also takes a look at the arrival of his son. First, his wife, Agatha, announces the impending arrival of the baby. Nanni and Agatha are seen going over possible names for the child. Since they know it will be a son, they decide to name him Pietro. The delivery is a trial for Nanni, who is a nervous wreck in the hospital. The best thing is that Pietro arrives after an extreme difficult delivery. The boy is a cuddly infant that is last seen with his father among the beloved newspaper cuttings.
Nanni Moretti is an acquired taste. He is not for everybody, but once that is accepted, he gets our attention. His neurotic trances reminds us of another director, Woody Allen, not that they are alike, but there is a certain similarity in the way they spend their nervous energy. As far as this film is concerned, it's all about Nanni Moretti and don't you forget it!