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Il sesso aggiunto, Sex Added (Possible English Title)

by Marianne Wi

Director: This is Francesco Antonio Castaldo’s first feature, there is little to no information about him on the web right now except for his age 53 and the fact that he has two teenage children. Castaldo has now found the courage and money to direct this film based on his own experiences as a 25 year old, when he shared a flat with friends and a heroine addicted girlfriend. This film is not just about drugs it is a love story set in a 70s addicted ambience, less squalid than I would have expected, yes Alan steals from his mother, put his fist through her kitchen cupboard, has anger issues, has sex with a male drug dealer in exchange for drugs (a scene that will upset the good folk of Italy, already upset by an IKEA advert showing two men holding hands) he steals and he cheats too however on the whole this is about middle class addiction not dirty mattresses in dark drug dens. The casting of Giuseppe Zeno by Rita Forzano was an error that ruined the film for me, Zeno is a 35 year old actor cast in the role of Alan who must be early to mid 20s, he looks a very handsome 35 plus, making him too old next to his father and certainly much to old next to his little football playing brother, I originally thought his brother was his young son taken away from him due to addiction; another film perhaps?. The music was excellent as can be expected from Nicola Piovani, he wrote the score and won an Oscar for the music to La vita e bella, Life is beautiful directed by Roberto Benigni. The cinematography was great, the story solid, generally a good watch.

Cast: Giuseppe Zeno, Myriam Catania, Valentina D’Agostino, Cloris Brosca, Lino Guanciale, Gigi Savoia, Vlaerio Miduri

Synobsis: Alan (Giuseppe Zeno) is a drug addict who lives for his next fix, very much at the mercy of his own fragility, we follow him and his girlfriend Laura (Valentina D’Agostino) in a world of dependency and adiction, their daily routine, it is not just about drugs this is also a love story. We watch Alan’s relationship with a father (Gigi Savoia) who totally rejects him, Alan’s longing for contact with him is touching. We watch too the abusive relationship he has with his mother (Cloris Brosca) who by giving him cash to buy drugs “It will make you feel better” aids and abets his dependency, the relationship with drug dealers and close friends are all well told. Alan goes down the path of self-psychoanalysis trying to find himself, God, Love anything that will allow him to leave the dependency behind. A warning as Castaldo mentioned in an interview to young people about the dangers and sad life of any dependency.


18 anni dopo, 18 Years Later

by Marianne Wi

18 anni dopo, 18 Years Later, is a charming Road movie well worth watching, when it appears at a festival near you , it is currently doing very well abroad and have been included in numerous International Film Festivals .It will be in competition in Fantasporto 2011 in Portugal later this month, together with Hayfever, Febbre da fieno. The film is another comedy , Italy is turning them out at the moment , I am on my knees praying that at least one thriller, Drama even a romantic film will emerge among this years offerings, without any trace of comedy

Director : Edorado Leo , is well known in his native Italy for his many roles in TV series as an actor, this is his second attempt at a feature film, it has as yet not been released nationwide so lets hope that the amount of attention it gets outside Italy will be enough to get it distributed here too.

Cast : Marco Bonini, Edorado Leo, Sabrina Impacciatore, Eugenia Costantini,Gabriele Ferzetti

Best moment :  The two brothers interaction with the local Calabrese is a joy to watch.

Synobsis : We follow two brothers on the road in a restored convertiable Morgan, traveling towards Calabria and theire dead fathers hometown, where they must deliver his ashes.

Genziano (Marco Bonini) and Mirko ( Edoardo Leo) have not spoken for 18 years after falling out over an incident involving their mother, Genziano went off to London, where he excelled and became a successful businessman, while Mirko remained working with his father’s car business.

We follow the pair as they drive towards Calabria ,often meeting up with a mysterious hitchhiker, the gorgeous and tallented Mirella ( Sabrina Impacciatore) who appear when least expected. The stunning landscape and great cinematography make this such an easy film to watch. Many secrets are reveled on rute and a touching final is awaiting you .


Un altro mondo, Another World ( Possible English Title)

by Marianne Wi

Director : Silvio Muccino, this is his second film as a director, his first being Parlami d’amore, Talk to me about love released in  2008 a film that did very well in NZ  and the UK . I have no doubt that this film will have great success  at International Film Festivals.

Un altro Mondo, Another World does not disappoint it is light, sometimes funny, sometimes sad and in the end very emotional, not a dry eye in the cinema that night.   Charlie played by Michael Rainey Jr. is showing great promise as a first time actor, really looking forward to see him develop.

Cast : Silvio Muccino, Michael Rainey Jr, Isabella Ragonese,Maya Sansa, Greta Scacchi,Flavio Parenti

Best moment : Rollercoaster ride, great to se Charlie let go… as a matter of fact I do not think Muccino was acting either. The viwes in Africa were truly great.

Worst moment : After traveling on the bus in Nairobi all passengers leave the bus …..the bus depart with all their luggage still on top of it.

Synopsis :   Andrea played by Silvio Muccino is a 30 something wealthy middle-class professional lay about , leading a less than meaningful life in Rome with his bulimic girlfriend  Livia ( Isabella Ragonese  – another great performance ) financed by his icy cold detached mother. After receiving a letter from his father  ,with whom he has not had contact since he left him in a park age 3 , Andrea departs for Nairobi in search of the truth. The discovery of a half-brother leaves him perplexed and as his attempt to off load Charlie on his step-mothers family fails, he faces the problem of what to do with Charlie.

Andreas struggle in Rome trying to integrate Charlie into his previously very much routine driven life has many highs and lows, it can have but one ending so bring the kitchenroll and enjoy.


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.

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