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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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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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Things change. Family doesn't. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language and sexual situations | See all certifications »
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19 September 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mambo italiano  »

Box Office

Budget:

CAD 5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$734,570 (USA) (19 September 2003)

Gross:

$305,428 (Germany) (25 June 2004)
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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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When Gino and Maria visit the cemetery, Maria says that her sister was 33 when she died, but the dates on the tombstone are 1960-1987, which would make her 27. See more »

Quotes

Angelo: Cry, Ma. Cry. Because I'm like Pa, I want to inflict my pain on all of you. It's stronger than my guilt right now. So cry. Cry over your ingrate son, over your dead sister... or your stupid, worthless life.
Anna: Angelo, that's enough!
[slaps him in the face]
Angelo: And there we have it. The slap. The end to the quintessential Italian melodrama.
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La Tarantella
Performed by Flavio Esposito
Excerpt from the album "Chansons Napolitaines"
Used by permission of Budamusic
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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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