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If I Were You (2001)

Se fossi in te (original title)
Three discontent men magically switch existences with one another, each with the person he most envied, but they do not turn out to be as happy as they had hoped.

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Three discontent men magically switch existences with one another, each with the person he most envied, but they do not turn out to be as happy as they had hoped.

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If I Were You
7 November 2011 | by (Cairo, Egypt) – See all my reviews

This is an Italian identity-swapping film from 10 years ago, which emanates that this comedic sub-genre never cease, popping up into my mind is the most recent Hollywood one called THE CHANGE-UP (2011), stars Ryan Reynolds and Jason Batesman. But this Italian one is a quantitatively upgraded version as it mingles with 3 persons' turmoils of their lives, and interweaving with 3 females whom they cannot eschew from their pristine life.

I have some trouble understanding the dialogues since there was not subtitles for it and my Italian level is still on the verge of B1 (which is thought-provoking by stark contrast with a Chinese film, in which most of them are too taciturn to let languages steal the thunder). Thus please forgive me if my review could be a trifle partisan. The film itself is merely satisfying and entertaining in a foreseeable scale, the performance is sterile but benevolent, three male leaders, Fabio De Luigi, Gioele Dix and Emilio Solfrizzi carries their characters with ease and a hackneyed happy-ending is implausibly welcome.

A petty mention, the sci-fi fraction (the process of changing identities), which literally lasts only 10 seconds maximum, is trashy and deceitfully naive. Anyway, it one has to fuss about that, he must be a helpless perfectionist, whom I don't mean to be in any circumstances.

This film is director/writer Giulio Manfredonia's debut feature film, whose later work SI PUO' FARE (2008) had been selected as a contestant in The 12th Shanghai Film Festival in 2009, which I feel more intrigued to watch (in spite of the fact that I generally distrust the festival's quality).


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