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The controversies between two Italian families during their summer holidays in Ventotene, a tiny island in the Tirrenian sea. Too many political and cultural differences divide the two groups. Written by Salvatore Santangelo <pappagone2@libero.it>

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26 January 2015 | by See all my reviews

In the mid-nineties director Virzì crafted a little gem, a bittersweet comedy with some cleverly understated social commentary. Unfortunately, that comedy was Ovosodo and not Ferie d'Agosto - the latter being the weakest work of the sharp Italian director. In fact, "understated" is not an adjective likely to be associated with this movie.

The story, focusing on the petty feud between two families on a summer holiday, is inhabited by broad, obnoxious caricatures: liberals are smug hippies and conservatives crass egotists, yearning for, respectively, less chaotic lives and more freedom, and yada yada yada. Actors comply and play types rather than characters. Even Silvio Orlando, the nasal-voiced teddy bear who is usually great in everything, does not shine.

When the movie tries to steer towards more serious moments its pathos feels unearned, with a jarring effect next to its flat protagonists and facile satire.

5/10


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