A little Italian experiment that works purely on an experimental way. The script is a rehash of a million other movies, from Lubitch to Billy Wilder, from Blake Edwards to whoever you care to mention. The farce takes place in Italy, we know that because the characters speak Italian but that's about it. This is an Italian comedy that lives abroad. That is not necessarily a bad thing, but the lack of original turns and surprises, is. The film performed very nicely at the Italian box office and I believe that the merit of that success rests on the shoulders of a new face, Riccardo Scamarcio. He has a darkness for great tragedies and a lightness for romantic, sensual melodramas. He has an alluring presence and when you're with him you're enjoying every predictable moment. I miss Dino Risi and Mario Monicelli but as experiments go, this one shows promise.
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