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Filmed mostly in Italy, "Ciao America" is the story of Lorenzo Primavera an unsettled, third generation Italian American whose search for his place in the world leads him back to the land of his ancestors. In the small town of Ferrara, Italy, Lorenzo finds work coaching American-style football in the fledgling Italian Football League. It's a league where everyone can kick but no one can catch. While coaching, Lorenzo falls in love with Paola Angelini, a headstrong, young music student who forces him to face the same decision as his immigrant grandfather some seventy years earlier. Written by
Using a rather standard story the filmmakers infuse this great little movie with a great deal of personal touches and comedy. More romantic comedies should be as poignant as this one of a young Bostonian as he searches for an identity in his post-college tour of Europe. While clearly an American film set in Italy, it has some of the irony and over-the-top comedy only the Italian influences could lend it. Paul Sorvino lends it a bit of star power but the relative unknowns are great highlighted by the lead and assisted by a great group of local actors, namely the very funny team announcer. When given the opportunity, a must see.
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