Rome Boy

Friends By Chance directed by Francesco Bruni (Italy) 2017 is an intergenerational drama.

Allessandro hangs out with a small group of young men who seem to have little going for them.

His father insists that he work as a caretaker for an aging poet with Alzheimer’s.

Though he’s resistant at first, the two develop a warm relationship beneficial for both.

The film is one of the narrative features of New Italian Cinema 2017.

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Outsider Life

Two of the films in New Italian Cinema 2017 offer fresh views of outsiders in modern society.

There Is A Light directed by Fabio Mollo (Italy) 2017 deals with an unconventional relationship between a gay man and a straight woman.

Together they travel through Italy and significant moments in their personal journeys.

Fortunata directed by Sergio Castellitto (Italy) 2017 revolves around the hectic life of a young mother and independent hairdresser who wants to open her own shop.

Both films are about dreams unfulfilled and obstacles that must be overcome.

Italy is quite conservative. Traditional gender roles are still prevalent. Moral judgment is more influenced by family expectations than religious concerns.

A willingness to look at current reality is a prerequisite for change.

More information and tickets for the NICE 2017 festival in San Francisco is available at New Italian Cinema.

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Atheist Dilemma

God Willing directed by Edoardo Falcone (Italy) 2015 begins in a contemporary bourgeois Roman home where things are not going well. However, after a surprise declaration of one family member, matters become even worse. In a desperate effort to regain order, the arrogant surgeon father attempts to expose a charismatic priest he blames for the unacceptable life path of his son.


The film was one of the highlights of the recent New Italian Cinema festival sponsored by the San Francisco Film Society. Next week French Cinema Now will take place at the Vogue Theatre. Information and tickets at San Francisco Film Society.

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Ti Amo

Blame Freud directed by Paolo Genovese (Italy) 2014 follows the challenging pursuit of love by three sisters and their psychoanalyst father. It touches on difficult issues with a light touch, primarily from a woman’s perspective, inspired by American romantic comedy.


Up To The World directed by Allessandro Lunardelli (Italy) 2013 definitely takes place in a man’s world periodically punctuated by outbursts of rage. It deals with a fraternal relationship as one brother pursues his younger sibling who is following a romantic infatuation.

Both films were screened during the 2014 New Italian Cinema mini-festival at the Vogue Theatre in San Francisco, an annual event presented by the San Francisco Film Society.

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High Life

Opulence, decadence, and a desultory lifestyle are problematic elements as are poverty, deprivation, and physical violence. The two extremes may seem worlds apart but in actuality are symptomatic of an inequitable economic system.


I was troubled by Fellini’s La Dolce Vita when I saw it decades ago and unsettled watching The Great Beauty directed by Paolo Sorrentino (Italy) 2013.

The excesses and shallowness of the upper strata of society existed and continue to exist across the world and across the centuries of human existence. Some of us are in awe while others are enraged, especially at a difficult time such as the present when the failures of international capitalism are exposed.

The film depicts a certain beauty, both playful and tragic, that will delight audiences. An excellent closing-night choice for the 2013 NICE USA festivals that began in New York City before arriving in San Francisco and concluding in Philadelphia. In late December it will be in Beijing.

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Fall Film Season

The fall season of the San Francisco Film Society includes a couple of mini-festivals relevant to readers of this blog: French Cinema Now (7 – 10 November 2013) and New Italian Cinema (13 – 17 November 2013) both  at Landmark’s Clay Theatre, 2261 Fillmore Street (between Clay & Sacramento Streets), San Francisco.


I plan to see three titles from France: A Castle In Italy, Miss And The Doctors, and Rendezvous In Kiruna. And six from Italy: Balancing Act, Garibaldi’s Lovers, The Great Beauty, The Ideal City, Out Of The Blue, and There Will Come A Day.

For more information and tickets see the San Francisco Film Society.

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