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Ciao (2008)

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Jeff is taking care of everything Mark left behind when he died in an accident. Mark was about to have a visitor, Andrea, an Italian guy he met online. Jeff and Andrea have the chance to share memories of the Mark they knew while getting to know each other.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chuck Blaum ... Mark (as Charles W. Blaum)
... Jeff
... Lauren
... Mark's Father
Margaret Lake ... Mark's Mother
... Doctor
Angela Gerardo ... Airport Announcer / Author (voice)
... Andrea
Clementina Plasencia ... Waitress
Carla Adami ... Andrea's Mpther (voice)
Shelley Fisher ... Newscaster (voice) (as Shelley Altman)
Autumn Antal ... Newscaster (voice)
... Newscaster (voice) (as Frederick Anthony)
Myrtle Andrews ... Airport Passenger
Cole D. Croghan ... Airport Passenger
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Jeff is taking care of everything Mark left behind when he died in an accident. Mark was about to have a visitor, Andrea, an Italian guy he met online. Jeff and Andrea have the chance to share memories of the Mark they knew while getting to know each other.

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Chaque fin est un nouveau début (Every end is a new beginning) See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for langage including sexual references | See all certifications »
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30 March 2008 (USA)  »

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Adeus  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$2,672, 7 December 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$48,498, 29 March 2009
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Alessandro Calza, who portrays Andrea, a graphic designer, is also a graphic designer in real life, and is also credited as a graphic designer on this film. See more »

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Unpoken Emotions, Unnecessary Words
3 April 2010 | by See all my reviews

CIAO is a quiet little film - on more levels than one. The title of the movie is well chosen: 'Ciao' can mean both hello and goodbye, and that is the essence of this subtle film. Written by director Yen Tan and actor Allesandro Calza it is a very contemporary story about love and enduring feelings. The film takes its time, very literally, dwelling on still shots of doorways, paths, profiles, etc while the message of the film slowly surfaces. It is more an elegy than a story and it works quite well.

We first meet Jeff (Adam Neal Smith) as he is packing up the belongings of his longtime friend Mark who has just died, and in doing so he comes across Mark's computer and discovers messages to and from an Italian man named Andrea (Alessandro Calza), messages that define an internet relationship that ends with Mark's death. Andrea doesn't know about Mark's passing and when Jeff answers one of the emails stating that Mark has died, Andrea states he is on his way to the US for a wedding and that he had planned to meet Mark face to face in Dallas. Jeff extends the invitation to keep Andrea's plans, meets him at the airport, and invites him home where a long series of talks reveal the histories of both men and reminiscences of Mark. The mutual loss - one of a friend, the other of a potential love - mix and a new friendship of understanding and caring is born. Much to the credit of the writing, directing and acting, the ending is unexpectedly real - again recalling the title of the movie.

Some will find this film too slow and too 'empty', but for viewers who appreciate still life paintings and poetry, this film will satisfy.

Grady Harp


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