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Smalltown, Italy (2005)

Provincia meccanica (original title)
A mentally unstable woman loses her daughter's custody to her mother. Things get even more complicated when her husband has a car accident and befriends a Czech mechanic, bringing the man into their dysfunctional home.

Director:

Stefano Mordini
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Cast

Credited cast:
Stefano Accorsi ... Marco
Valentina Cervi ... Silvia
Ivan Franek ... Rosso
Miro Landoni ... Quarto
Luisa Pasello Luisa Pasello ... Gabriella
Barbara Folchitto Barbara Folchitto
Giacomo Piperno Giacomo Piperno
Adele Ferruzzi Adele Ferruzzi ... Sonia Battaglia
Lorenzo Zanetti Lorenzo Zanetti ... Davis Battaglia
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dijana Pavlovic
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Storyline

A mentally unstable woman loses her daughter's custody to her mother. Things get even more complicated when her husband has a car accident and befriends a Czech mechanic, bringing the man into their dysfunctional home.

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Drama

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

11 February 2005 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Ektos rythmou See more »

Filming Locations:

Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy See more »

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Production Co:

Medusa Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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A family against the odds.
6 December 2005 | by nablaquadroSee all my reviews

Provincia Meccanica remembers Antonioni's "Deserto Rosso" for the theme of spaced out (human) beings, and the inability to suit the present society. Marco (Accorsi) is an industrial worker, married with Silvia (Cervi) with a daughter. The hardships complicate themselves when Silvia, mentally instable (only hungry of love, in reality) leaves home with the child (afraid to lose the custody), and in the meantime, Marco hosts a foreign sailor who helped him to repair the car after an accident. Learning from their errors, during the Nove Colli (nine hills) walking race, they'll discover again to be a family.

Ravenna, where Provincia Meccanica is located, is the city where Antonioni filmed "Il grido" and "Deserto Rosso". Pictured as a noisy, industrial and dark city, Ravenna is actually a city with 6 UNESCO sites and a graceful town.

Stefano Mordini, a young, Romagna's native director, builds a heavy story, showing the hypocrites in the trade unions (and not the saviors for the workers), and the errors of the welfare officials (ruthless especially with poor people).

Adding the good acting of the actors, and the evocative (dark, melancholy) landscapes took by Mordini, with a story that could fit a lot of submerged family tragedies, a 7 isn't even enough. I usually like dramatic films instead of comedies, so I liked it; the large public should have understood it a bit more, though. Underrated.

My vote: 7,5 / 10


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