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aka MINE VAGANTI
UK: Peccadillo Pictures
Cast: Riccardo Scamarcio, Nicole Grimaudo, Alessandro Presiosi, Ennio Fantastichini, Lunetta Savino, Ilaria Occhini, Daniele Pecci, Carolina Crescentini, Elena Sofia Ricci
Director: Ferzan Ozpetek
Language: Italian (English subtitles)
UK: 113 mins
UK Certificate: 12A contains one use of strong language and moderate sex references
UK Release Date: 17 December 2010
‘I Am Love’ meets ‘Meet the Parents’ in this outrageous ‘al dente’ family comedy from celebrated award-winning director Ferzan A-zpetek.
No other nationality respects their food and family gatherings with the fervour and zest of the Italians, but when it comes to the Cantone family, some things are better left well away from the dinner table and in the closet!
Tommaso (Riccardo Scamarcio) is the youngest child in the large, eccentric Cantone family who own a pasta factory in Puglia: his mother Stefania (Lunetta Savino) is loving but suffocated by bourgeois conventions; his father Vincenzo (Ennio Fantastichini) has unrealistically high expectations of his children; his aunt Luciana (Elena Sofia Ricci) is an eccentric with a soft spot for liqueur; his sister Elena (Bianca Nappi) a frustrated housewife; his brother Antonio (Alessandro Presiosi) pines for a forbidden romance; and then there is his rebellious grandmother (Ilaria Occhini), the ‘Loose Cannon’ trapped in the memory of an impossible love.
When the Cantones gather for a family dinner to both welcome Tommaso’s return and to discuss the future of the family business, a secret is revealed that throws the whole family into turmoil, and the strong familial ties which bind them together are put to the test with explosive results.