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Red Wood Pigeon (1989)

Palombella rossa (original title)
Because of an accident, Michele (a leader of P.C.I. and a water-polo player) loses his memory. During one water-polo match, strange guys torment him; they want him to remember his past. As ... See full summary »


Nanni Moretti


Nanni Moretti (screenplay), Nanni Moretti (story)
6 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Nanni Moretti ... Michele Apicella
Silvio Orlando ... Mario / Coach of 'Rari Nantes Monteverde'
Mariella Valentini Mariella Valentini ... La giornalista / Reporter
Alfonso Santagata Alfonso Santagata ... Comunista ossessivo / Tiresome guy #1
Claudio Morganti Claudio Morganti ... Comunista ossessivo / Tiresome guy #2
Asia Argento ... Valentina
Eugenio Masciari Eugenio Masciari ... L'arbitro / Referee
Mario Patanè Mario Patanè ... Simone, il cattolico ossessivo
Antonio Petrocelli Antonio Petrocelli ... Il fascista / Fascist
Remo Remotti Remo Remotti ... Santone di Mario / Alter ego of coach
Fabio Traversa ... Il vecchio amico / Michele's friend
Giovanni Buttafava Giovanni Buttafava ... Psicoanalista / Psychanalyst
Gabriele Ceracchini Gabriele Ceracchini ... Michele ragazzo / Michele as a boy
Luisanna Pandolfi Luisanna Pandolfi ... Madre di Michele / Michele's mother
Imre Budavari Imre Budavari ... Self


Because of an accident, Michele (a leader of P.C.I. and a water-polo player) loses his memory. During one water-polo match, strange guys torment him; they want him to remember his past. As the match is about to finish, he misses the penalty which would have let his team draw the match and keep the leadership. Written by Roberto Cavenaghi <yogurts@galactica.it>

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Moretti's masterpiece
4 March 2017 | by bjacobSee all my reviews

I consider Red Lob one of the best Italian movies of all times. It's surreal, moving, thought-provoking and incredibly funny. I wonder what a non-Italian audience may make of it, since it's steeped in references of the Italian political environment of the 70s/80s but I hope such audience can enjoy in the same way, I, for example, can love an Aki Kaurismaki movie despite it coming from a culture whose finer points I ignore.

It's a film of my adolescence and nowadays it looks, feels and sounds quaint and almost naive -- but also courageous. Which Italian director would risk today to make a two-hours dream-like, heavily metaphorical political movie? And whose director would manage to make something so hilarious out of it?

I wish I could share at length how much Red Lob influenced me and my whole generation. Some scenes, like the one where Michele slaps the journalist in the face because she is using clichéd expressions, or the one where he tries to explain to a Catholic politician why they are different, are still quoted today and are part of our cultural baggage.

If you've never seen a Moretti movie, maybe start by something more conventional like The Mass is Ended but please don't pass by Red Lob, because it's a real treat.

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15 September 1989 (Italy) See more »

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