The son of Italian immigrants to Canada struggles to find the best way to reveal to his parents that he's gay.

Director:

Émile Gaudreault

Writers:

Steve Galluccio (play), Steve Galluccio (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
1 win & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Luke Kirby ... Angelo Barberini
Ginette Reno ... Maria Barberini
Paul Sorvino ... Gino Barberini
Mary Walsh ... Lina Paventi
Peter Miller ... Nino Paventi
Claudia Ferri ... Anna Barberini
Sophie Lorain ... Pina Lunetti
Tim Post ... Peter
Tara Nicodemo ... Yolanda / Woman in Airplane / Jolene
Pierrette Robitaille ... Rosetta
Dino Tavarone ... Giorgio
Mark Camacho ... Johnny Christofaro
Michel Perron ... Father Carmignani
Lou Vani ... Marco
Diane Lavallée ... Mélanie
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Storyline

Angelo Barberini is the oddball son of Italian immigrants Gino and Maria, who inadvertently ended up in Canada rather than the States. Angelo shocks his parents by moving out on his own without getting married, and shocks them further still when he reveals that he's gay. But his boyfriend, policeman Nino Paventi isn't as ready to come out of the closet -- especially not to his busybody mother, Lina. Written by Shannon Patrick Sullivan <shannon@mun.ca>

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Things change. Family doesn't. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sexual situations | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The film's title is also the title of a famous Italian song. Strangely enough, the song itself is nowhere to be heard during the entire film. See more »

Goofs

When Gino and Maria visit the cemetery, Maria says that her sister was 33 when she died, but the dates on the tombstone are 1960-1987, which would make her 27. See more »

Quotes

Lina Paventi: Oh, Nino... look at this beautiful face! Nice, eh? Now, think of his big, fat mother - because that's the face you're going to end up with!
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Connections

References Dynasty (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

I Will Survive
Written by Dino Fekaris, Freddie Perren
Universal-Polygram International Publishing Inc.
On behalf of itself and Perren-Vibes Music
Performed by Cake
Courtesy of Volcano Entertainment III, L.L.C.
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*To Bi or Not to Bi?*
29 January 2005 | by rbrbSee all my reviews

A hilariously funny and thoughtful movie!

Gay guys lovers both in repressive families face the pressures of "coming out". Can they survive or will one with a dominating mother and job as a cop be forced to live a lie and the life of a straight?

Scene after scene is highly entertaining. The movie has an excellent script, is beautifully filmed and deserves top marks.

The family of the guys give first class performances as do all the players and there are so many super scenes, my favorite is when one of the guys tries to assist on a gay helpline.

On a more serious note-can only speculate the number of gays, male and female, forced through homophobia and pressure to be in relationships they don't want.

10 out of 10.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English | Italian | French

Release Date:

19 September 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mambo italiano See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

CAD5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$406,651, 8 June 2003

Gross USA:

$6,253,026

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,638,258
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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