Offbeat contemporary comedy, in the spirit of My Big Fat Greek Wedding which centers on the memorial service of Italian-American patriarch Carlo Torello (Martin Landau) and the effect his death has on his colorful, if not dysfunctional family. As the clan gathers to pay respects, old wounds, grudges and vendettas arise to the surface, despite the efforts of Rosie, the eldest daughter (Oscar Winner, Rita Moreno) to keep the peace...a heartwarming story of how one large family manages to survive - in spite of itself. Also stars Helen Slater, Michael Chicklis and Theresa Saldana.Written by
Loved the film. Very touching. Very moving. Saw it several times. The writing was very superior, as well as the acting. Stellar ensemble cast of very notable talent.
Whether you were from an Italian background or not, the characters were very believable. Despite the dark nature of the story, this was a very funny film. Each of the characters seemed like people you knew, very familiar, very down to earth...
The music was evocative without distracting. Every element of the production was there to serve the story, which is the way it should be.
Highly recommended. Look forward to seeing it out on DVD someday.
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