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Gasoline (2001)

Benzina (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 31 May 2002 (Italy)
Mechanic Stella owns a gas station with introvert Lenni. When Stella accidentally kills Lenni's abusive mother, they try to dump the body. They run into trouble, thugs and cops but stick together as they fall in love with each other.

Director:

Monica Stambrini (as Monica Lisa Stambrini)

Writers:

Anne Riitta Ciccone (as Anneritte Ciccone), Monica Stambrini (as Monica Lisa Stambrini) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Maya Sansa ... Stella
Regina Orioli Regina Orioli ... Lenni
Mariella Valentini Mariella Valentini ... Madre di Eleonora
Chiara Conti Chiara Conti ... Pippi
Marco Quaglia ... Sandro
Pietro Ragusa ... Filippo
Luigi Maria Burruano Luigi Maria Burruano ... Padre Gabriele
Osvaldo Livio Alzari Osvaldo Livio Alzari ... Cashier
Pasquale Zurlin Pasquale Zurlin ... Tassista
Giovanni Mastrangelo Giovanni Mastrangelo ... Poliziotto 1
Gina Larocca Gina Larocca ... Poliziotta
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Storyline

Fiery, dark-haired Stella, an intense auto mechanic, and nervous, blonde Eleonora (aka Lenni) are young and in love, and are from opposite ends of the social spectrum. They operate a gas station peacefully, until Lenni's mother appears and voices her disapproval of their lesbian romance. When Stella takes action in the heat of the moment, blood flies and the young women end up with a corpse on their hands. The lovers realize they must flee in order to stay together. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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not so good
2 June 2003 | by plaidpotatoSee all my reviews

This was an Italian movie trying to be an American-style thriller. The blurb in the paper called it an Italian Thelma and Louise, but I wouldn't give it that much credit. It did hold my attention throughout--at no point did I want to get up and walk out of the theater, although quite a few other people did. There were a few non-plot related scenes the director handled nicely. She captured a mood--dark and gloomy. And the two lead actresses were quite good, and quite uniquely attractive. But overall, the film was weak.

I blame the writing. This was a screenplay that should have never gotten made into a movie. Just about everything related to the advancement of the plot was carried off awkwardly. Too many extreme coincidences, unbelievable situations, too many people behaving like no real human would ever behave.

In particular, there were these three wild, psychotic teenagers who appeared out of nowhere, and decided to chase and torment the two leads throughout the movie, with absolutely no motivation, and constantly reappearing at the very most improbable moments. The screenwriter relied almost totally on this for the movie's tension--just plain lazy and stupid writing. I mean, c'mon, the two lead characters were toting around a dead body for most of the movie. There are scads of more natural possibilities to build suspense around that. There's no need for crazed teenagers.

And also, unfortunately, there was no nudity in this movie, and just a couple of very brief and mostly clothed love scenes between the two women. I'm not saying that all movies, or even all lesbian movies, require sex and nudity, but since this was basically an exploitation film, it should have been a bit more exploitative, or else there's nothing much to recommend it.

I don't recommend it. 4.5/10 rounds up to a weak 5/10.


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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

31 May 2002 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Gasoline See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,885, 6 July 2003

Gross USA:

$11,023

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,023
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Stereo

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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