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La stella che non c'è (2006)

Labourer Vincenzo travels from Italy to China in search of a machine with a deficiency that was produced in the now defunct establishment at which Vincenzo worked for years.

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Gianni Amelio

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Ermanno Rea (novel), Gianni Amelio (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sergio Castellitto ... Vincenzo Buonavolontà
Ling Tai Ling Tai ... Liu Hua
Angelo Costabile Angelo Costabile ... Giovane operaio
Hiu Sun Ha Hiu Sun Ha ... Chong
Catherine Sng Catherine Sng ... Segretaria cinese
Enrico Vanigiani Enrico Vanigiani ... Dirigente acciaerie
Roberto Rossi Roberto Rossi ... Dirigente acciaeria
Chungqing Xu Chungqing Xu ... Direttore ufficio shanghai
Biao Wang Biao Wang ... Commissario di polizia
Jian-yun Zhao Jian-yun Zhao ... Studente al computer
Qian-hao Huang Qian-hao Huang ... Giovane sfruttatore
Xiu-feng Luo Xiu-feng Luo ... Ragazzo del pullman
Xian-bi Tang Xian-bi Tang ... La nonna
Lin Wang Lin Wang ... Bambino figlio di liu hua
Yong Guo Yong Guo ... Ragazzo del posto di ristoro
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Labourer Vincenzo travels from Italy to China in search of a machine with a deficiency that was produced in the now defunct establishment at which Vincenzo worked for years.

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Language:

Mandarin | Italian

Release Date:

8 September 2006 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

La estrella ausente See more »

Filming Locations:

China

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Cattleya,Babe Film,Rai Cinema See more »
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A many colored Chinese Balloon deflating quite rapidly.
26 May 2008 | by David TraversaSee all my reviews

The first half of this movie is mesmerizing. I started to loose interest in the story during the second half. I agree with most of the other reviewers although I think it wrong to say that the male lead is too old. He himself said at the beginning of the movie that he worked at the plant during thirty years. What did you expect in the role, a teenager?

Very interesting the idea of the Chinese dialogs without translation (at least in my copy --well, my copy didn't have any kind of subtitles), since that gives you an idea of the male lead frustration not understanding the simplest of phrases (anybody that went through that experience can recognize the horrible feeling of being alone in a foreign country without the knowledge of the language --tell me!!), but then, if we depend only on the images to understand what is going on, we are deprived of what seems to be vital information to understand the Chinese scenes.

*SPOILERS AHEAD*

The encounter of the two main characters again after their final (?) separation was totally improbable; they did what it was very usual during the eighteen century in the theater, they just placed the characters there because it was the only way to solve the script at that particular point (Deus ex Machina), you either take it or leave it. But in real life, that kind of coincidence will be similar to winning the lottery (and in a country the size of China!!!).

Besides, following the development of their relation, one thinks that they really care for each other, so, at this extremely casual meeting: "¿Oh, what are you doing here?" I was actually shrieking with laughter, can you imagine? By then they have been traveling on separate ways thousands of miles thinking they would never see each other again!!!: "¿Oh, what are you doing here?" Almost Marx Brothers stuff. Maybe at this point both actors were so tired of the movie that they refuse to say anything else.


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