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The Vanity Serum (2004)

Il siero della vanità (original title)
The vips of italian television disappear in a mysterious way. Two detectives, Lucia and Franco, try to investigate in this mystery, drowning into a strange world, where the leader is the powerful star Sonia Norton.

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Lucia Allasco
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Azzurra Rispoli
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Franco Berardi
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Sonia Norton
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Michele Benda
Luis Molteni ...
Rocco Piccolo
Maddalena Maggi ...
Esther Bonanni
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Vittorio Terracciano (as Ninni Bruschetta)
Marco Cortesi ...
Matteo De Muzzi
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Barenghi
Armando De Razza ...
M. Simone
Giovanni Argante ...
Calaciura
Marica Coco
Rolando Ravello ...
Poliziotto
Barbara Bonanni ...
Alexia
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The vips of italian television disappear in a mysterious way. Two detectives, Lucia and Franco, try to investigate in this mystery, drowning into a strange world, where the leader is the powerful star Sonia Norton.

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Un cuore in soffitta
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Just a little better than Il cartaio
11 June 2004 | by (Firenze, Italy) – See all my reviews

Mediocre italian giallo, based on a novel by Niccolò ammaniti and directed by Infascelli, this movie has only a couple of excellent scenes (like the death of the comedian Rocco)on a too derivative script, that tries to make fun in a corrosive way on the power of television talk shows (the target of the writer is a notorious italian talk show), but the plot is contrived, full of holes as big as houses (while the assassin did not check the demise of the police woman, for example?), the acting is always really poor with very few exceptions (and this is a shame as most of the actors and actresses involved are normally really good). All in all, this is another example of the abysmal level of the new wave of Italian giallos, best exemplified by the terrible Il Cartaio. This one is definetily better, but only slightly so.


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