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Come l'America (2001)

TV Movie  -   -  23 April 2001 (Italy)
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Almost America's story begins in 1951. When the Po River in northern Italy floods her village, Antonia Di Vito (Ferilli) takes her children and sister Paola to Canada, where her husband ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Massimo Ghini ...
Gioia Spaziani ...
Cosimo Bani ...
Young Matteo
Veronica Niccolai ...
Young Annina
Guido Laurini
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brunella Battista ...
Rosa Brusco
Byron Chief-Moon ...
Andy Curtis ...
Boy 1


Almost America's story begins in 1951. When the Po River in northern Italy floods her village, Antonia Di Vito (Ferilli) takes her children and sister Paola to Canada, where her husband Vincenzo has been working to establish a new home for the family. Upon their arrival in Alberta, Antonia is devastated to learn that Vincenzo has a new Canadian wife and child. Unable to return to Italy, she decides to stay in Edmonton. But life in the new country is difficult. Antonia finds that she can't practise as a midwife; Paola discovers that she became pregnant before leaving Italy; and Antonia's son, deprived of a strong father figure and unable to speak English, runs afoul of the law. Despite all the obstacles the family faces, Antonia remains determined to build a better life. Written by Anonymous

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Almost America  »

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Soap in the guise of a movie
10 April 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I really dislike two part series because the TV guide never indicates when the second part is shown. Sure enough, I only saw the first part, which was interesting enough that I waited until it was shown again and saw both halves. Frankly, the second part is a disappointment.

The first half is almost entirely in Italian, so don't trust the IMDb language notes. Call me a sucker for subtitles but I liked the first half of this movie. The first part promises some interesting insights into the plight of new immigrants in a strange country and Canadian prejudice.

Unfortunately, the second half is pure soap, unfulfilled love and almost entirely in English. The charm of a foreign-feeling film is gone. Although the filmmakers attempt to build sympathy for the difficulties of the immigrant, they eventual become only whiny losers.

Finally, it's not even made in the authentic Little Italy in Edmonton, a place that still retains its 1950's look and is still populated by real Italian immigrants or their children.

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