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Per Christian Ellefsen,
Marit Pia Jacobsen
In the sixties Romano Amato, his wife Rosa and their two sons Giancarlo and Gigi emigrate from Solino in Italy to Duisburg in the Ruhr area and establish the first Pizza restaurant in town. Their business emerges well and both children get used to Germany. 10 years later the brothers fall in love with the same woman; they break tie with each other in anger and Gigi returns to Solino with his mother. A decade later both meet again and have a retrospect on their lives. Written by
Moritz Muehlenhoff <email@example.com>
The movie was planned bilingual: Depending on the situation, actors would speak Italian or German, just like immigrants are used to. Italian dialogue would then be subtitled. However, the production company insisted on a dubbed, completely German version. This makes for some odd moments, like the mother not understanding what the doctor says although they obviously both speak the same language. It also loses information, like the fact that the father talks Italian to his sons while they respond in German. The bilingual version is contained in the DVD. See more »
Such a delightful movie! Very heart warming. One can't help falling in love with the character of Gigi. He's adorable as a child and grows into a sensitive artist. The whole movie revolves around him. He lives in a wonderful world living all life curiosity, desire and anticipation. There is an elder brother who tries to steal his glory but really remains in the shadow all his life. The father is very stereotypically Italian and so is the mother. I wanted the father to come and reunite with the mother in the last scene and have them cry and laugh. I also wish that there was at least something redeeming about the elder brother. His personality seems to have been trashed entirely. Passion and ardour that's the key to life. And looking through the camera focusing on small details and savoring the delicate details of life.
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