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The son of Italian immigrants to Canada struggles to find the best way to reveal to his parents that he's gay.

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Anna Barberini
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Pina Lunetti
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Yolanda / Woman in Airplane / Jolene
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Father Carmignani
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Diane Lavallée ...
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Storyline

Angelo Barberini is the oddball son of Italian immigrants Gino and Maria, who inadvertently ended up in Canada rather than the States. Angelo shocks his parents by moving out on his own without getting married, and shocks them further still when he reveals that he's gay. But his boyfriend, policeman Nino Paventi isn't as ready to come out of the closet -- especially not to his busybody mother, Lina. Written by Shannon Patrick Sullivan <shannon@mun.ca>

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gay | italian | canada | immigrant | police | See All (80) »

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It's BIGGER... It's FATTER... It's not GREEK... and there'll only be a wedding over mama's dead body! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sexual situations | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

9 October 2003 (Slovenia)  »

Also Known As:

Mambo olasz módra  »

Box Office

Budget:

CAD 5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$305,428 (Germany) (25 June 2004)

Gross:

$305,428 (Germany) (25 June 2004)
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Trivia

Both the film and the play (which the film is based upon) are based on Steve Galluccio's own life and experiences. See more »

Goofs

In two shots, the Italian flag is shown back to front. On the television, and on the computer monitor the Italian flag is shown as red, white, and green. The colors of the flag are green, white, and red. See more »

Quotes

Anna: So, how's your writing going?
Angelo: Never better - I gave up.
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Soundtracks

La Fine del Mondo
Written by Steve Galluccio
Music by FM Le Sieur
Performed by Carole Fleury
Courtesy of F.M.L.S. International & Cinémaginaire Inc.
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*To Bi or Not to Bi?*
29 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

A hilariously funny and thoughtful movie!

Gay guys lovers both in repressive families face the pressures of "coming out". Can they survive or will one with a dominating mother and job as a cop be forced to live a lie and the life of a straight?

Scene after scene is highly entertaining. The movie has an excellent script, is beautifully filmed and deserves top marks.

The family of the guys give first class performances as do all the players and there are so many super scenes, my favorite is when one of the guys tries to assist on a gay helpline.

On a more serious note-can only speculate the number of gays, male and female, forced through homophobia and pressure to be in relationships they don't want.

10 out of 10.


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