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Welcome to the South (2010)

Benvenuti al sud (original title)
Overwhelmed by his wife, a Northern Italy postal worker feigns a disability to request a transfer to Milan and when he's unmasked is sent for two years to a far and tiny village near Naples... See full summary »

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Alberto Colombo
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Mattia Volpe
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Silvia Colombo
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Maria
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Poliziotta
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Costabile grande
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Costabile piccolo
Teco Celio ...
Gran Maestro
Riccardo Zinna ...
Vigile urbano
Nunzia Schiano ...
signora Volpe
Salvatore Misticone ...
Signor Scapece
Francesco Albanese ...
Centauro
Alessandro Vighi ...
Chicco Colombo
Fulvio Falzarano ...
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Overwhelmed by his wife, a Northern Italy postal worker feigns a disability to request a transfer to Milan and when he's unmasked is sent for two years to a far and tiny village near Naples; he'll move there alone, scared and full of the typical prejudices about the south, but he'll meet lovely people who'll make him feel at home. Now the challenge will be to explain it to his wife, so he'll choose to make believe her that all the topics in the south are true and that his life is a hell. This is a remake of the french film "Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis". Written by fleischman-49779

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This is a remake of the french film "Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis" by and with Dany Boon. See more »

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Welcome to the South
30 April 2012 | by (Detroit) – See all my reviews

Welcome to the South The final installment of the Metro-Detroit Italian Film Festival (2012) featured director Luca Minero's Benvenuti al sud, Welcome to the South (2011). The venue of Royal Oak's new Emagine Theatre was filled to capacity and resulted in the always unfortunate scenario of turning away hundreds of would be patrons. The film begins with Alberto Colombo (Claudio Bisso) as a civil servant of the Italian-Postale. Alberto has been passed up for promotion to a coveted Milan position and following a comical yet ill-fated attempt to secure another such opening is assigned to two years postale purgatory in Italy's southern region. Alberto's wife Silvia (Angela Finocchiaro) chooses to remain in the civilized north while Alberto is subjected to his penance. The ensuing journey is a farcical romp through social stereotypes and false assumptions which leads Alberto to re-evaluate his own system of beliefs. Steeped in Italian cinemas rich history of neo-realism and romanticism it seems that amore' is the parallel undercurrent to the film. Love reigns supreme beneath the comical veneer, as southern mama's boy Mattia Volpe (Alessandro Siani) garners courage to express his affections for local bellissima Maria (Valentina Lodovini). Alberto and Silvia teeter on the brink of their faltering relationship and her brave trip to the south will either break them or change them forever. A wonderful introspective on pre-conceived notions that prove false wrong when people understand one another combined with breathtaking scenery of Italy's southern coastal regions make this a film for all the world to enjoy. The sequel Welcome to the North (2012) should prove to be equally entertaining as the noteworthy cast of Alberto's friends invade the northern regions. Caio!


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