Mine Vaganti, Loose Cannons

by Marianne Wi

I always look forward to Ferzan Ozpeteks films and never missed one, Mine Vaganti, Loose Cannons is another great film that did not disappoint, well worth seeing when it turns up at an  Italian Film Festival near you .

Director : Ferzan Ozpetek other works includes: Le fate Ignorante, The Ignorant Fairies – Il bagno Turco, Steam: The Turkish Bath – La finestra di Fronte, Facing the window and  Cuore Sacro, Sacred Heart.

Cast : Riccardo Scamarcio, Nicole Grimaudo, Alessandro Preziosi, Lunetta Savino,Ennio Fantastichini,Elena Sofia Ricci, Daniele Pecci.

Best moment: Father with photo album, crying his eyes out wondering where it all went wrong , the shame, the lack of grand children, the family’s reputation………

Moment I could have easily done without: Tommaso (Riccardo Scamarcio) dancing in-front of the mirror. Cannot imagine why it was included in the official trailer.

Synopsis:  Tommaso (Riccardo Scamarcio) who has been  living in Rome away from his family, have been able to live openly as a homosexual. His return to southern Italy and his large traditional family will as can only be expected, be problematic . Tommaso  is expected together with his older bother Antonio (Alessandro Preziosi) to take over the management of the families industrial pasta making business.

On the eve of a family dinner, during which Tommaso has decided to tell his family of his sexuality , their lives are thrown into chaos by his elder bother Antonio. There are excellent acting from the grand mother (Ilaria Occhini) and Luciana (Elena Sofia Ricci) it would have been great to see those characters developed. Ferzan Ozpeteks chosen subject  is as always homosexuality, a subject not often covered by mainstream Italian film makers, Italy is of course still very much a strong-hold for the Roman Catholic Church where homosexuality is not an accepted life-style (only last year two men kissing in front of the Colosseum in Rome, were arrested and charged with indecent behaviour).  Ozpetek covers this subject with such flare and sensitivity that even though I feel Ricardo Scammacio was wrongly cast as  Tommaso, he just never looked comfortable playing the role and the dancing in front of the mirror was painful to watch, you cannot help but warm to the individual protagonists as the film shifts from comedy to drama and visa versa . Is it a comedy or a drama……., a bit of both, I have come down on the side of comedy as there were so many sweet and very funny moments .

It is also out on DVD one not to be missed this year.

3 Responses to “Mine Vaganti, Loose Cannons”

  1. I saw this film yesterday.
    I thought it worked as a comedy, but felt it could have been so much more if only it had try to avoid the cliches of Italian families and the depiction of each character as a caricature of himself or herself.
    Not bad, as I said.. but I know Özpetek can do more that this.
    Here’s my review: http://wp.me/p19wJ2-dS

    • Ciao Moviegeek, I agree it could and should have gone much further, I watched the film with a Sicilian friend who during the dinner scene exclaimed “Oh no the poor parents, they must sell the business, it is the only way “.
      I am looking forward to your review of La bellezza del somaro, The Beauty of the Ass………….A film that should never leave our shores BUT I fear due to Sergio Castellitto’s high profile in the USA and the UK it might very well appear in a Festival near you . Be afraid …..Thank you for looking.

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