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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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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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Marco
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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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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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

Gino Barberini: What can I get for you?
Lina Paventi: My husband has been dead for eighteen years. What I need you can't offer cause you're married.
Gino Barberini: We make special arrangement. What do you say Maria, we help out a friend?
Maria Barberini: [looks at him reproachfully, then turns to Lina] You're better off with your memories.
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References Dynasty (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Return to Me
Written by Daniel Di Minno and Carmen Lombardo
Used by permission of Peermusic International/Peermusic Canada Inc.
Back vocals by Julie Leblanc and Catherine Léveillé
Produced by FM Le Sieur
Performed by Adam Broughton
Arranged by F.M.L.S. International & Cinémaginaire Inc.
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One thinks it's easy to be gay in Canada - and is mistaken!
4 September 2006 | by (Hungary) – See all my reviews

Unlike some other commentators, I knew nothing about this film except it's a comedy about gay men. So I didn't expect much, but got all the more! First of all, I was glad to see that the main character was neither the classic handsome Hollywood macho, nor a feminine gay man but just an average-looking young guy. The other guy does look more cliché, but then he's the one who ends up in the closet, feeling guilty about being gay. The acting is superb throughout the film.

Someone commented that it's not all that funny. Well, it's true - coming out and breaking up with family or your lover are always painful, and I don't like films which ignore this side of the story. If you're deeply touched by Angelo's story, then it has performed the task such films, I think, are supposed to do: to make the audience more sensitive to gay people's issues. At the same time, though, it's pretty funny - just like your own coming out is often funny looking back. The confession scene is hilarious, and I laughed my heart out at the gay helpline scene - working for a GLBT helpline myself, I can assure you: this is just as distorted as the image of the Italian community. (We could use that scene for training purposes, though: what not to do...)


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