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Synopsis     [italian]

This is the story of an Italian immigrantwho, after living in America for thirty years where he created a family and a solid social position (due more to his wife than to himself), is called back to Italy because of an inheritance.
The secretmotive which impels Oliviero, the protagonist, to face the trip along with his entire family is much more important. He is troubled by a deep, personal crisis and hopes that a return to his roots, an immersion into the world that sawhis birth and his early youth will give him the strength to find himself and his equilibrium.
This is the true sense of the story which is told through the confrontation of these two deeply different worlds, America and Italy.

As the story proceeds, however, we discover that there is a common denominator linking them, a universal fact that makes them alike: the crisis of the man as male who has been subjugated, deserted and forced to flee by a powerful and triumphant female world. Fathers and sons are united by the same fate which relegates them to subordinate roles with respect to women who are determined to affirm their autonomy. It is a profound revolution which overturns rules on which thousands of years of culture have been based.

The palpable consequence of this significant change is the awareness of the steadily growing disinterest in sexual desire, even among young people. In this story these contrasts erupt because of a fateful coincidence during the trip to Italy. Here each character finds the reasons for his/her own existence through a bittersweet, and it is hoped, entertaining, comedy.
The Critic

Observations of the film by Prof. Franco La Polla, one of the most distinguished Italian critics, Professor of History of American Cinema at the University of Bologna, member of the Scientific Commission of the Rome Festival, Venice Festival, Locarno etc; as well as a member of the important Ministers Commission of Italian Cinema.

Prof. La Polla’s observations of the film:

“… the strongest and most touching moments of the film, are the chorus of friars that sing a Jewish religious hymn, or the extraordinarily masterful touch that allows us to intend, at the sequence end, that the notary public is in a wheelchair (a moment worthy of Bergman or Fellini on whom one could write an entire page of critique).

Speaking of Fellini, it isn’t necessary that I call to mind certain of his filmmaking devices, but it is necessary to underline the technical mastery of the filming, the skillful cut of the editing, the cultural construction of the film through the dichotomy of at least two musical traditions (that of the country music beginning and the Italian Rossini). The spectacularjob of all the actors…”
Cast(principal characters)
Vincent Gallo
Burt Young
Ernest Borgnine
Gretha Cavazzoni
Vincent Schiavelli
Amanda Lear
Youma Diakite
Sage Stallone
Ivano Marescotti
Clive Anthony Riche
Frances Nacman
Sam Cohan
Cara Kavanaugh
Ramona Zoppi
Caroline Kessler
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Oliviero
Santino
Bill
Jackie
Albino
Anita
Karol
Dr. Jeffries
Archimede
Count
Sonya
George
Donna Misteriosa
Caterina
Ursula

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Editor:
Riki Roseo

Jurgen Wolff
Jean Vadim
Michael Sullivan
Bill Tonelli

Liliana Betti
Marisa Luciani

Danilo Donati
realized by Riki Roseo

Alessandro Lai

Gianni Fiore Coltellacci

Brian Breheny

Michele Picciaredda

Mark Hanna

Vivě Tonini
supervised by Riki Roseo
Music: supervised by Tony Renis
Gioachino Rossini repertory of “Arie Celebri”
Country song by Clive Anthony Riche
Original Theme Oliviero by Riki Roseo
Arrangement: M° Adriano Pennino
Original theme Son & Daughter: M° Adriano Pennino
Repertory music:M° Luca Seccafieno
Production: Astra Film - Roma
With the support of the Ministry MBAC
Collaboration of the Titano Film - Rep. San Marino
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