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Young men with no future have little in the present as well. Natale is released from prison: he takes up with his friends again but none can find work. Claudio, from Palermo, gets out of juvenile detention in Naples and he's met by Vita, a girl who's come from home to run away with him. Where can they go? A young dad, whose potato stall at the market is shut down because he has no permit, takes his two small children to the beach and yells at them. Mario, gay, a prostitute in drag, gets a visit from his mom; he offers tea, then finds the water to his apartment is shut off. Social workers drop by, parole officers file reports. What hope is there? What options besides crime? Written by
I saw the movie 15 years ago, so I don't have a perfect recollection of it. However, I would like to leave some remarks.
"Ragazzi Fuori" is the sequel of another movie, again by Marco Risi:
"Mery per Sempre". So, if you want to be introduced to the story, the environment the kids live in and the characters, start with "MpS" first.
Most of the actors are not professionals. They are real
"street-kids", that were asked to perform "themselves" in these two features. What is really sad, is that many of them in their real lives kept on ending up in prison with more and more serious charges. Some also died, either killed in some gang related homicides or because of drug abuse.
The kids talk in a very strong dialect. I am from the North of Italy,
while the main characters are from Sicily. When I watched the movie with my friends in Milan, we could not understand a single word, and we had to turn on the closed captions for the hearing impaired (which luckily were in plain Italian) to understand most of the dialogues. This is to say that the director has been very honest in this respect, making the people talk as they would be doing in their "turf".
Unfortunately, the movie describes in a very precise and realistic
way the poor neighborhoods of Palermo, which are not very different from the ones you would find in other large Italian cities (particularly in the South, which is economically disadvantaged).
Another comment was asking "[...] leaves you with same question: Why
do things turn out like they do?". I think Marco Risi answer would go along these lines. Because if you are born in the worst area of Palermo, with a diffuse stigma, where the only potential employer for young adults is the Mafia, in a family whose "values" are shaky to say the least, surrounded by peers that are on the wrong tracks, you have little chances to behave differently. You have some chances to "save yourself" either if you are very strong willed (Mery in the movie) and/or if you manage to break the status quo, namely by moving to a different city.
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