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Three-Step Dance (2003)

Ballo a tre passi (original title)
Four separate-but-interconnected stories - one for each season - about life in Sardinia.



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Credited cast:
Domenico Arba ...
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Ziu Predu
Karo Ardenti ...
Francesco Barracca ...
Rossella Bergo ...
Angelo Botti ...
Alexandra Brancaccio ...
Michele Carboni ...
Daniele Casula ...
Lisa Chessa ...
Mauro Frongia ...
Simone Frongia ...
Tonino Fulgheri ...


Four separate-but-interconnected stories - one for each season - about life in Sardinia.

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Three Dancing Slaves  »

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Stale, smelly, festering
16 November 2004 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

I was so embarrassed watching this film - I couldn't even manage to stay until the end. I was looking forward to a nice surprise: films made in and about Sardinia do not come out every day. Sadly my expectations withered slowly away since the very beginning. This movie has no pace, no acting, no plot, no breathtaking scenery, no likable character, not even the urchins in the first episode. It simply appeals to your "gut" feeling. Everybody - kids included - is appallingly repulsive, performs incoherent deeds, appears to be some subhuman being in desperate need of a shower. I could catch no underlying humour, probably my fault.

The first scene shows some dire, deserted interior, with piles of rotting material scattered everywhere, the most attractive fixture being an overweight sewer rat gorging itself on some unidentified revolting substance. In the second episode we are treated to a candid camera-like take of a cross/eyed shepherd milking the flock and making cheese while feeding his pig. If this is supposed to look realistic, the Sardinian cheese industry is going to lose a good portion of its revenues. We follow the sheperd's trip from his "idyllic" hideout in the mountains to a "trendy" eatery on the coast, whose cheesy owner performs a series of senseless actions and feeds his customers the aforesaid cheese, and so on and so forth. I really could not take much more of that.

I left the cinema feeling queasy, wondering if my indigestion had been caused by what I had viewed.

1 out of 4.

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