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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful:
If you get a chance see this film, 6 June 1999
Author: Slacker-12 from Pittsburg CA
I was lucky enough to catch this film at a local film festival and I'm very glad I did. It is both warm and funny and in many ways much more real than most "coming of age" films you see. It was one of the few films I've seen where I walked out of the theater with the intention of telling everyone I knew to go and see it.
6 out of 8 people found the following review useful:
Great social fresco, how to turn structuralist critic in a deep and intelligent comedy, 3 February 1999
Author: Giovanni Carletti (firstname.lastname@example.org) from Viareggio, Italy
At a first glance Ovosodo is the same old film about coming of age in a shanty town, growing up in a rough area in a poor and exploited family, then, like in medieval frescos, the plot turns the attention to the panorama behind, to the social condition that tends to make necessary every choice. Ovosodo is a comedy but deeply rooted in a language and in a peculiar red-neck culture.
6 out of 9 people found the following review useful:
a deep, true bitter-sweet story who touches everyone..., 24 July 1999
Author: madaisy from Italy
This is one of my favourite movies all the time.It's funny but sad, it's sweet but satiric...talks about family, young people, loneliness and friendship, it's got hope for the future, though it's hopeless...I give it 10/10, definitely.
Hardboiled Egg, 10 October 2011
Author: junkielee from Rome
A sincere inspection of a young boy's rite-of-passage of becoming a man
(symbolically the film ends with his marriage and his child on the way
of birth) under the backdrop of Italy from 1980s to 1990s, Wielding a
passionate and rightful narrative to chronologically chart the young
protagonist's adolescence and cleave to the historical sensibility of
From the highly rated Italian writer/director Paolo Virzì, HARDBOILED EGG is his third feature- length film, and it won Grand Special Jury Prize and Little Golden Lion awards in Venice Film Festival 1997, which was Virzì's steady stepping stone to send him as one of the most eminent contemporary Italian directors, although his repute is chiefly exclusive in his homeland.
The film is sturdily underpinned by a brilliant script, in which everything is petty but can render us sincere evocations of everyone's own pubertal trajectory. Simultaneously the cast is precisely neck and neck to their characters, the average-looking Edoardo Gabbriellini is a comforting discovery as our cipher Piero (who had matured abruptly alluring and 12 years later he was at ease with performing Tilda Swinton's inamorato in IO SONO AMORE 2009), the notoriously non-talent Nicoletta Braschi (Mrs. Roberto Begnini) contributes a quite impressive enaction as the ill-fated teacher whose dismal life is both subtle and palpable. A sensual Marco Cocci, Piero's classmate from a filthy rich family, steals all the thunder whenever presented, which could also be interpreted as an allurement to test Piero's sexual preference. Also a pop-crammed soundtrack and a colorful palette also suit the theme.
What the film lacks in an epiphanic moment which could escalate the feel-good consciousness into a more abiding esteem, still it is a wonderful finding for me and for the contemporary Italian film industry as well.
5 out of 14 people found the following review useful:
Am I glad I watched it?, 8 December 2002
Author: Francesco Scinico from San Diego, CA
I AM NOT SURE... It could be interesting for Non-Italians as a cultural
anthropological research project, but, as for me, it was painful to watch.
It portrays the Italian "Coming of Age" phenomenon extremely well, so well
that I felt sick at the thought of how unhappy and deceived people can allow
themselves to be. In fact, I do not hate the movie itself, but the moral
condition Italy is in, and that this flick reveals so well.
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