8 out of 10 people found the following review useful:
Beautiful and very 'Gilliam'
nickolas-devito from United States
28 May 2011
About half a year ago, Terry Gilliam started shooting in Naples. The
little boy Jake in the film was played by a child who went to the same
school as me in Rome. Because I knew him, I was able to snag a DVD copy
of the film when it was released.
When a troubled family of three take a vacation to Naples, it will take
the efforts of the Pulcinella to show the family just how special they
The main actors all do a fine job in portraying a family that has been
torn apart, but the supporting actors shine as the inhabitants of
Naples. The abundance of actors familiar with their location all help
it to be more believable. Obviously the real star is Terry Gilliam, and
this short if full of his trademark wide-angle shots, surreal visuals,
and dark humor. Not all of it is to be taken seriously, but certain
images presented in this film are sure to leave an impression. The
scene where the Pulcinella carry Jake on the bridge cutting into the
sea is something I probably won't forget any time soon.
Overall, if you ever manage to find a copy of this short film, I highly
recommend giving it a view. It's very entertaining, and might be the
best short film Gilliam has ever directed. I give it four Ben 10 action
figures out of five.
(Keep an eye out for two small baby-masks from Brazil during the baby
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