Saturday, October 8th, 2016

Perfect Strangers (Perfetti Sconosciuti)

 
The premise of this movie is simple — can we truly live in open honesty, where all of our secrets are laid bare in the open? Knowing full well that …


Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

The Worldly Girl (La ragazza del mondo)

 
A bottled up tension tends to result in a bang once the outlet is found – which is the premise of La ragazza del mondo (The Worldly Girl). Giulia Castronovo (Sara Serraiocco) is …


Monday, October 5th, 2015

Una donna per amica (A Woman as a Friend)

 
Can a man and a woman have a platonic friendship?
This has been explored in so many movies including When Harry Met Sally, and Una donna per amica (A Woman as …


Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Italo

 
Italo is a movie that you want to love for all the right reasons – it is based on a true story about a stray dog called “Italo Barocco” who appeared …


Monday, September 28th, 2015

Se Dio Vuole (God Willing)

 
Every year, I try to see five movies from the Alliance Française French Film Festival towards the beginning of the year and five from the Lavazza Italian Film Festival towards …


Friday, October 26th, 2012

Il giorno in più (One Day More)

 
My fourth selection from the Lavazza Italian Film Festival is Massimo Venier’s Il giorno in più (One Day More). The story is about Giacomo Pasetti(Fabio Volo), a 30-something financial …


Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Magnifica presenza (Magnificent Presence)

 
Having enjoyed Ferzan Ozpetek’s La finestra di fronte (Facing Windows) many years ago, I have followed Ferzan Ozpetek’s movies since 2007 whenever I see his name at the Lavazza Italian …


Saturday, October 20th, 2012

Immaturi: Il viaggio (The Immature: The Trip)

 
As I enjoyed Immaturi (The Immature) last year, when its sequel had been included in this year’s Lavazza Italian Film Festival’s line-up, I decided to include it as part of …


Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Scialla! (Take it Easy)

 
The story about a protagonist who suddenly discovers that he has a son is not new, many films have covered this and Scialla! (Take it Easy!) is now added to …


Saturday, October 29th, 2011

Immaturi (The Immature)

 
My personal finale for the 2011 Lavazza Italian Film Festival is Immaturi (The Immature) – which is the story of a group of friends, successful in their own separate ways, …