Loose Cannons (Mine Vaganti) (2010)
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Tommaso is the youngest son of the Cantones, a large, traditional southern Italian family operating a pasta-making business since the 1960s. On a trip home from Rome, where he studies literature and lives with his boyfriend, Tommaso decides to tell his parents the truth about himself. But when he is finally ready to come out in front of the entire family, his older brother Antonio ruins his plans.
Mar 12, 2010 Wide
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The feel is somewhat cloistered and the pace rarely gets the pulse racing but this is engaging and affecting stuff, handsomely shot and well acted: Ilaria Occhini is a stand-out as the grandmother.
The film is beautifully shot and set in Lecce, in Puglia, so breathtaking scenery is an important character.
It's nicely performed and reasonably amusing but it's hard to care about the rather self-absorbed characters and their cloistered universe.
Ozpetek could have trimmed some of the sub-plots, but it's broadly amusing (especially when our hero's camp pals pitch up) and the performances are as warm as the southern setting.
Ozpetek takes these men and women as they are, revealing deep emotions in broad strokes. Everyone here is a disappointed misfit, not just the loose cannons in the clan.
A duty-bound son learns the importance of being true to himself in this slick and bittersweet Italian comedy.
This Italian coming-out comedy has a neat central narrative gimmick. Unfortunately, it hasn't got a lot else.
With a fluid and comedic style comes a film that understands its place in Italian society and doesn't expect any less than complete competency from its audience.
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