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Mambo italiano (2003)

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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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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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Comedy | Drama

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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 »

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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

Alicia: I'm Alicia, and um... I wanna join Gay Helpline because... if I could prevent just *one* gay teen from putting a bullet through his head and make him stand up and shout "I'm gay... *gay*! And if you don't like it, you can all go
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Alicia: fuck yourselves, you twisted motherfuckers!"
[low voice]
Alicia: then I'll be happy.
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References My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002) See more »

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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Pleasantly Suprising
1 November 2003 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

I decided to see this film because I had nothing else to do. I wasn't expecting much more than gay stereotypes and ridiculous humor. However I discovered just the opposite.

I have heard comparisons to "My Big Fat Greek Wedding", but the only similarity I see is in the stereotypical presentation of nationalities. However, these stereotypes aren't offensive, but more so delightful and some what sweet.

Angelo (Luke Kirby) is presented with just enough humor, but more so just enough heart that it makes the character beleiveable. For once gays are not presented as obnoxious drag queens or someone dying from AIDS. In fact, the two latter factions are not even present in the film. Instead it focuses on one mans humorous journey of self discovery in both relations to his family, partner, and his own sexuality.

At the end of the film, you leave feeling very happy. Sure everything turned out for the best in the end, but sometimes we need films like this to remind just how fun and quirky life can be at times.


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