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Two women on the run from the law soon find they have more than the cops to contend with in this feminist thriller from Italy. Eleonora (Mariella Valentini) learns that her daughter Lenni (Regina Orioli), a teenage runaway, is working at a run-down gas station in a small town, and decides to pay her a visit. Eleonora is quite surprised to discover that Lenni also happens to be involved in a lesbian relationship with Stella (Maya Sansa), a mechanic who runs the station. While glad to see her daughter, Eleonora makes no secret of her indignation, and after a heated argument Eleonora winds up dead. Lenni and Stella set out to find a safe place to hide the body, but, en route, they're trailed by three sexist toughs (Chiara Conti, Marco Quaglia, and Pietro Ragusa) whose childish taunting escalates into violence, forcing the women to fight fire with fire. As if they didn't have enough problems, Lenni and Stella must also contend with the spirit of Eleonora, who, even in death, will not keep her uncharitable opinions to herself. Benzina made its North American premier at the 2002 Toronto Film Festival. … More
|Genre:||Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense|
|Directed By:||Julio Hernández Cordón, Monica Stambrini, Monica Lisa Stambrini|
|Written By:||Julio Hernández Cordón, Riitta Ciccone, Monica Stambrini, Anne Riitta Ciccone, Elena Stancanelli|
|In Theaters:||Jul 23, 2002 Wide|
|On DVD:||Nov 11, 2003|
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Stambrini's dialogue seems especially dull, and the screenplay lacks dramatic urgency.
By the time we get to the big finish, it feels as if we've merely been poked repeatedly in the ribs with a really good-looking stick.
Stambrini and her cinematographer, Fabio Cianchetti, give the proceedings a high-tech, energetic look that keeps the thrill and entertainment levels high.
Containing elements from more than a few of its similarly themed predecessors, the loopy but tautly staged Gasoline still manages to be engrossing throughout its brief running time.
A film that feels like a Europeanized compendium of just about every indie alt-action movie cliche of the past decade.
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