For the love of the beautiful Elena the young fisherman's son Marcello turns a whole village upside down.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Francesco Mistichelli ...
Marcello Romei
Elena Cucci ...
Elena Del Ponte
Alfio Alessi ...
Armando Cesari
Luigi Petrazzuolo ...
Luca Sepe ...
Don Tommaso
Antonio Pennarella ...
Mariano Romei
Professor Pizzuti
Mariano Rigillo ...
Mayor Del Ponte
Rosa Masciopinto ...
Bernardina Palmieri
Teresa del Vecchio ...
Rosetta Palmieri
Susy Del Giudice ...
Evangelina di Meo
Signora Lombardi


Italy, 1956. In the picturesque island of Amatrello, a unique custom keeps the young men of the village busy: when a girl turns eighteen, every boy is invited to bring a gift for her first date. However the gift is not for the girl, but for the father... who will ultimately determine which boy takes her on her first rendez-vous! Eighteen-year-old fisherman's son Marcello doesn't care about this tradition until he sets eyes on the enchanting Elena, the daughter of the Mayor, who has returned to the island and - according to the tradition - has come of age. As time runs out and competition rises, Marcello comes up with the perfect gift for the Mayor. But getting that gift isn't easy... Soon, he is forced to barter with the entire village, as everyone seems to want something from someone else... Marcello's frantic quest ensues, evolving into a process of reconciliation among the village's inhabitants. Written by C-Films

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L'amour donne des ailes! Enfin, pas seulement... (French) See more »


Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

10 June 2010 (Germany)  »

Box Office


€3,200,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Professor Pizzuti (Roberto Bestazzoni) was named after Italian stuntman Riccardo Pizzuti, a legendary figure in the Italian film business for being a long-time supporting player in the Terence Hill & Bud Spencer films. See more »


Music and Lyrics by Louis Crelier
Performed by Louis Crelier
Courtesy of Crelier Music Publishing (Suisa)
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a heartwarming and very entertaining film
12 November 2008 | by (Switzerland) – See all my reviews

Marcello is a young man who lives in a sunny village by the sea with a strange tradition: When a girl turns 18, the boys of the village each make a present to the father of the girl. The father then decides with which of the boys his daughter can go out on a date. Marcello doesn't think much of this tradition until he falls for the daughter of the mayor... The following pursuit for the perfect present is fast paced and very entertaining to watch. Nice acting, camera-work and music and the funny story make this a winner. I really hope that this film gets picked up by a big distributor, because it deserves a bigger audience. If you liked pictures like "Il postino", this one is recommended to you.

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