After their award winning documentary, 'Suddenly, Last Winter', Luca and Gustav are back. This time they have to decide: should they stay in Italy, or leave it, like so many of their ... See full summary »
After their award winning documentary, 'Suddenly, Last Winter', Luca and Gustav are back. This time they have to decide: should they stay in Italy, or leave it, like so many of their friends have done already. Looking at some defining Italian icons, they go on a emotional trip on a old Fiat 500 through Italy, to look behind the cliches and to discover, what's left of the famous Italian way of life, confronting a glorious pas, a shaky present and an uncertain future. Written by
an entertaining and fascinating documentary that explores life in contemporary Italy
This is an entertaining and fascinating documentary that explores life in contemporary Italy. When filmmakers Gustav Hofer and Luca Ragazzi (the documentary Suddenly Last Winter) get an eviction notice forcing them to leave their flat in Rome, the pair are faced with a decision to find somewhere else in Rome to live or go to Berlin to live. Luca wants to remain in his native country, and tries to convince Gustav of the beauty and positive aspects of Italy. The pair embark on a six-month cross-country journey, exploring the rich history, culture and politics of Italy. But they go beyond the usual postcard beauty and tourist attractions to uncover more about the soul of Italy and its people. They also discover a lot of contrasts between the beautiful aspects of Italy's diverse regions and the ugliness of its corruption and decaying society. Italians may have won 57 Oscars and many Nobel Prizes, but apparently the succession of Italian governments are not too concerned about supporting culture. Garbage has been piled up on the streets of Naples for 15 years, and Sicily is full of unfinished buildings that have been paid for by tax payer money. Berlusconi is on the nose with many people who see him and his sexual scandals as a disgrace. Young people are leaving Italy in droves because of its unemployment, inflation, lack of opportunity. However, there is also an unexpectedly playful tone to the film as the pair talk to many average Italians as well as exploring some of the problems facing the country. Diversions include a trip to visit George Clooney's home beside picturesque Lake Como, which is apparently polluted. The scenery is fantastic, and the film has been beautifully shot by cinematographer Michele Paradisi
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