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.
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…”
Clive Anthony Riche
Written and Directed By:
Director of Photography:
Photography Exterior Italy:
2nd Unit Director (Canada):
realized by Riki Roseo
Gianni Fiore Coltellacci
supervised by Riki Roseo
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
Astra Film - Roma
With the support of the Ministry MBAC
Collaboration of the Titano Film - Rep. San Marino