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The Story of Boys & Girls (1989)

Storia di ragazzi e di ragazze (original title)
At a farmhouse, a large family cooks mountains of food for the next day's engagement party for Silvia and her city fiancé, Angelo. Her parents feud about infidelity; an aging salesman who ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Silvia
Davide Bechini ...
Angelo
Felice Andreasi ...
Domenico
Massimo Bonetti ...
Baldo
Alessandro Haber ...
Giulio
Mattia Sbragia ...
Agusto
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Linda
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Amelia
Claudio Botosso ...
Taddeo
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Valeria
Consuelo Ferrara ...
Dolores
Roberta Paladini ...
Loretta
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Maria
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Olimpia
Stefania Orsola Garello ...
Antonia
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At a farmhouse, a large family cooks mountains of food for the next day's engagement party for Silvia and her city fiancé, Angelo. Her parents feud about infidelity; an aging salesman who rents a cottage from them arrives with a young French woman; in Bologna, Angelo's mother frets that her son is marrying beneath him; his sisters are less critical. Early the next morning, the four of them go by train to the farmhouse, joined by Angelo's married, unpregnant sister. The day-long dinner is riotous, couples display affection and impatience, children chase angels. Angelo's family stays the night, and his sister Linda has a visitor. A silver elephant makes the perfect gift. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A feast for lovers by Pupi Avati.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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15 September 1989 (Italy)  »

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The Story of Boys & Girls  »

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$741,221 (USA)
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Director Pupi Avati wanted to make the film in black and white, and had a black and white version made from the color negative. See more »

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We're just children acting out our societal and animal roles
25 February 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A rustic wedding feast with a dozen courses. Country boy marries city girl.

Flirtations. Infidelities. Family secrets exposed; prejudices expressed. Cute little kids. Sumptuous food. Italy in the thirties in the shadow of Mussolini.

You really need to know a little Italian to follow 'The Story of Boys and Girls' since there are so many characters talking practically at once, so the subtitles are annoying and distracting. Director Pupi Avati has everybody flying about to give us the mood of anticipation, and then the energy continues because there are so many personalities to be expressed. A lot of sexual pleasure taken on the run here, with the men as quick little rabbits; the women responsive, once aroused. Warm, charming, with just a hint of fascist values, and the disaster to come.

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