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Film Review: ‘The Mafia Kills Only in the Summer’

Film Review: ‘The Mafia Kills Only in the Summer’
Popular TV satirist Pierfrancesco Diliberto, known as Pif, does a remarkable job negotiating the delicate balance between humor and heartrending emotion in his terrific feature debut, “The Mafia Kills Only in the Summer.” Highlighting the mob’s pernicious influence over average Sicilians, the pic takes an Everyman from childhood to maturity, showing how complacency and willful blindness allowed the Cosa Nostra to flourish until high-profile killings finally opened people’s eyes. Familiarity with the real figures involved helps build tension, but isn’t a requirement for appreciating the clever comedy and powerful message. B.O. returns after two weeks have been respectable.

Offshore, Euro arthouses may be the best way to go, while Italo showcases worldwide should race to program this rare laffer from a peninsula not known in recent years for intelligent satires. Pif is cognizant of the discomfort that will arise from jokes about figures whose reign of terror hobbled a nation,
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