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Loose Cannons -- The youngest son in an Italian family struggles with whether or not to come out of the closet as he's faced with the prospect of taking over the family's pasta business.
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Riccardo Scamarcio ... Tommaso Cantone

Nicole Grimaudo ... Alba Brunetti
Alessandro Preziosi ... Antonio Cantone
Ennio Fantastichini ... Vincenzo Cantone
Lunetta Savino ... Stefania Cantone

Ilaria Occhini ... La nonna
Bianca Nappi ... Elena - Tommaso's sister
Carmine Recano ... Marco

Massimiliano Gallo ... Salvatore - Elena's Husband
Paola Minaccioni ... Teresa
Gianluca De Marchi ... Davide
Mauro Bonaffini ... Massimiliano
Giorgio Marchesi ... Nicola
Matteo Taranto ... Domenico
Gea Martire ... Patrizia
Daniele Pecci ... Andrea

Carolina Crescentini ... Nonna da giovane

Elena Sofia Ricci ... Luciana Cantone
Giancarlo Monticelli ... Raffaele Brunetti (as Giancarlo Montingelli)
Crescenza Guarnieri ... Antonietta
Emanuela Gabrieli ... Giovanna (as Emanuela Gabrielli)
Joselito Gargasole ... Cameriere
Totò Costantini ... Pasticcere
Giampaolo Morelli ... Mancini
Patrizia Carla Guido ... Commessa tintoria
Cosimo Tomei ... Responsabile marketing (as Cosimo Tomaiuolo)
Ermanno Spera ... Infermiere
Barbara De Matteis ... Pasticcera
Claudio Cozzolino ... Amico
Loredana Limblici ... Amica
Ludovica Centonze ... Figlie de Elena
Aurora Persano ... Figlie de Elena
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dario Bandiera ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Ferzan Ozpetek 
Writing credits
Ivan Cotroneo  &
Ferzan Ozpetek 

Produced by
Gianluca Leurini .... line producer
Domenico Procacci .... producer
Original Music by
Pasquale Catalano 
Cinematography by
Maurizio Calvesi 
Film Editing by
Patrizio Marone 
Casting by
Pino Pellegrino 
Production Design by
Andrea Crisanti 
Art Direction by
Carlo Rescigno 
Set Decoration by
Lily Pungitore (chief set decorator)
Costume Design by
Alessandro Lai 
Makeup Department
Giammarco Gaeta .... assistant hair stylist
Arianna Palmucci .... hair stylist
Ermanno Spera .... makeup artist
Production Management
Marco Mauti .... post-production manager
Monica Verzolini .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alberto Caviglia .... second assistant director
Gianluca Mazzella .... first assistant director
Art Department
Glauco Isidori .... painter
Erminio Lauri .... digital artist
Alessandro Mele .... assistant property master
Adriano Nacci .... painter
Domenico Reordino .... head painter
Alessia Pelonzi .... graphics (uncredited)
Sound Department
Paolo Amici .... sound effects editor
Italo Cameracanna .... foley artist
Giuseppe D'Amato .... dialogue editor
Enzo Diliberto .... foley artist
Roberto Moroni .... re-recording mixer
Alessandro Peticca .... dialogue editor
Daniele Quadroli .... foley artist
Daniele Quadroli .... sound effects editor
David Quadroli .... sound effects editor
Fabrizio Quadroli .... sound effects editor
Francesco Vallocchia .... dialogue editor
Special Effects by
Tiberio Angeloni .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Andrea Baracca .... digital artist
Massimiliano Ubaldi .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
Luigi Andrei .... camera and steadicam operator
Romolo Eucalitto .... still photographer
Marco Francescon .... generator operator
Alias Gallione .... assistant camera
Emanuele Leurini .... first assistant camera
Luca Pagliara .... grip
Andrea Quaglio .... b camera focus puller
Nicola Saponaro .... electrician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Capri .... assistant costume designer
Monica Gaetani .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Andrea Baracca .... colorist
Music Department
Pietro Bentivenga .... fisarmonica
Eleonora Bordonaro .... vocals
Pasquale Catalano .... conductor
Pasquale Catalano .... orchestrator
Marco Giacomelli .... composer: additional music
Giovanni Guardi .... music coordinator
Michele Lobaccaro .... lyrics: additional music
AmarcOrd Studio Orchestra .... performer
Claudio Romano .... guitar
Fabrizio Romano .... piano
Giuseppe Sasso .... music coordinator
Giuseppe Sasso .... musical director
Paolo Sasso .... violon
Other crew
Giorgia Passarelli .... production coordinator
Claudia Tomassini .... international publicist
Giorgio Armani .... thanks

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Also Known As:
"Mine vaganti" - Italy (original title)
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110 min
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A queer take on Italian family life, 22 June 2012
Author: Spiked! from London, United Kingdom

For a film in which each character harbours some tragic secret - of unrequited love, betrayal, unfulfilled ambition, alcoholism, a death wish or suchlike – Ferzan Özpetek's Loose Cannons is surprisingly uplifting.

In this family drama/rom-com-with-a-twist, the Istanbul-born Italian director combines precise aesthetics with good-looking actors, but, regrettably, Loose Cannons is also full of all-too-predictable stereotypes. This makes the film, despite its underlying theme of the pressures of stifling social conformism, easy on the eye and light of heart. Think Festen meets Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.

The loose cannons of the title are found amongst the Cantone family, the owners of a pasta factory in Puglia, in southern Italy. The father, Vincenzo, has decided that the time has come to hand over responsibilities to his sons, Antonio and Tommaso. His daughter's husband being an imbecile and his daughter being a woman, the brothers are the obvious heirs to the family business.

Tommaso, ostensibly enrolled in business school in Rome but actually a gay literature student with a novel freshly submitted to a publisher, returns home for a pompous dinner where Vincenzo plans to announce the generational handover in front of the entire family and some new business associates. Tommaso, having just confided in his brother that he is planning to use the occasion to reveal his literary and same-sex relationship aspirations, is himself taken by surprise at the dinner: Antonio beats him to it, coming out of the closet and triggering a heart attack in his father.

Antonio is disowned and Tommaso, afraid that opening up about his gayness would be a final death knell for his father, reluctantly steps in to manage the factory with the assistance of Alba, a beautiful young family friend with a nose for business deals and eye-catching pasta packaging. No matter how hard he tries, even caressing the freshly-baked pasta every morning as his grandfather used to, Tommaso can't develop a passion for macaroni. He wants to get back to Rome, to his writing and his gay lover, a bookish doctor.

While the film centres on Tommaso and his dilemmas, Loose Cannons has an assortment of characters with an assortment of repressed emotions. There's the homophobic and patriarchal father; the outwardly stoic, but in reality sensitive, mother; the daughter stuck in a passionless marriage with a podgy husband and two chubby daughters; the spinster auntie indiscreetly drenching her sorrows in whiskey; the diabetic grandmother dishing out pearls of wisdom; and the ugly, frustrated maid.

Though Loose Cannons is never dull, with plenty of narrative twists, flashback scenes and regular introductions of new characters, all the typecasting soon grates. The scenes with the multi-generational, loud- mouth Cantone family gathering around tables brimming with food quickly come to feel like quirky pasta adverts.

The film is marked by clichés from the outset. The opening scene, which turns out to be a flashback sequence into the past of granny Cantone, couldn't be more kitsch: a beautiful, teary-eyed young bride runs up the steep staircase of a solitary stone house, where she confronts a man, his shirt unbuttoned at the neck, with a gun – first aimed at him, then pressed against her own chest. The man tries to wrangle the gun out of the bride's hand, at which point the film cuts to a shot of the house's exterior and the banging sound of a gun shot is heard.

Things don't get better when, during a transitional phase of the film, Tommaso's gay friends from Rome show up for a surprise visit. Tommaso's parents convince them to stay overnight – cue camp homos who try to act straight but still can't help admire Alba's dress or flirt with Tommaso's brother-in-law. During a trip to the beach, the boys perform a silly coordinated dance before splashing each other with water. It's funny, but so predictable. At times, it's hard to tell whether all the typecasting and melodrama is done knowingly or is just crass.

For a film exploring the themes of family obligations, tradition, clash of values, sexuality and love, you'd be better off watching Özpetek's Hamam: The Turkish Bath from 1997. Still, the graceful final scene of Loose Cannons, set to the melancholic tones of Turkish diva Sezen Aksu's 'Kutlama' (Celebration), is almost enough to redeem the conventional and clapped-out feel that colours most of the movie.

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