Ciao, Professore! (Io speriamo che me la cavo) (1993)




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Lina Wertmuller's Ciao Professore was released in Italy as Il Speriamo che me la Cavo. Paolo Villago plays an urbane, supercillious schoolteacher who hopes to be assigned to an upper-crust district. Instead, a bureaucratic snafu ships Villago to the impoverished town of Corzano. Of the fifteen third-graders in his class, only three show up on the first day of school. Fortified with condescention and disgust, Villago personally sets out to collect his deliquent students. He discovers that most of them are absent because they're forced on a daily basis to hustle for their very survival; in some instances, the kids are their familys' sole support. Villago not only develops a stronger understanding and bond with the children, but he also ends up adopting their street smarts in a moment of crisis. Based on Me, Let's Hope I Make It, a collection of essays written by Neapolitan street kids and edited by Marcello D'Orta, the location-filmed Ciao Professore is one of Lina Wertmuller's most benign and life-affirming efforts. Enhancing its appeal is the use of non-professionals for most of the secondary roles. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Art House & International , Comedy
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Paolo Villaggio
as Marco Sperelli
Isa Danieli
as The principal
Gigio Morra
as Caretaker
Sergio Solli
as Cardboard dealer
Paolo Bonacelli
as Ludovico
Esterina Carloni
as Esterina
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Critic Reviews for Ciao, Professore! (Io speriamo che me la cavo)

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

Revolves around a diligent northern Italian school teacher and his attempts to do his job well.

Full Review… | July 19, 2003
Spirituality and Practice

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Palo Alto Weekly

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January 31, 2003
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for Ciao, Professore! (Io speriamo che me la cavo)

A great movie. Amazing to watch, even with the English subtitles. Honestly to really enjoy shut off the subtitles and just hear the italian. It's a hysterical movie with great feelings and life lessons.

Luigi DePasquale
Luigi DePasquale

Pretty funny. Kids who don't want to go to school. Prof tries to educate them. In the south of Italy-poverty. Black Market-Child Labor...

Nellie K. Adaba
Nellie K. Adaba

[font=Comic Sans MS]I thought that this was a very funny, good natured film. I really liked it. The children were the best. They cracked me up. I have never heard the likes of the profanity coming from these third graders, but they made it so funny![/font] [font=Comic Sans MS][/font] [font=Comic Sans MS]Feel good movie must see. Enjoy.:up: [/font] [font=Comic Sans MS][/font] [font=Comic Sans MS]-Kristy[/font]

Kristy Arnett-Smith
Kristy Arnett-Smith

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