The story of the relationship between a neo-Nazi and alcoholic man, Rino Zena and his 11-year-old son Cristiano. They live on the margins of the society in a town in North Italy. Their only friend is Quattro Formaggi, a mentally ill man with whom they kinda form a surrogate family. A dark, long night of rain, lighting and desperation will change their lives forever.Written by
Marinella Chirico, Carla Stella (II) and Alex Abritta had brief speaking roles in the movie but were cut in the final version. Alex Abritta can still be seen in the classroom scene, sitting next to Alvaro Caleca (Cristiano). See more »
Final credits include 8mm-footage of the five lead stars from a deleted scene. See more »
Luce (Tramonti a Nord Est)
Written by Elisa, Zucchero
Performed by Elisa
Copyright: Sugar S.r.l. / Zucchero & Fornaciari Music S.r.l. See more »
Overcooked and Unintentionally Laughable
I saw this film last night at the Italian Film Festival in LA and was deeply disappointed. I'm a huge fan of bleak, minimalist cinema and in theory, this movie, with its hand-held aesthetic, promise of exploring neo-fascism in modern Italy, and dark yet humanist subject matter seemed right up my alley. Turns out I was wrong.
Let's start positively, the cinematography is good, especially a gorgeous scene where the lead kid takes a long walk with a wheelbarrow, but everything else about this movie is so over-the-top, so cheesy and manipulative, so thematically scattered, that it was all I could do not to leave the theater and immediately go watch something else to cleanse my pallet.
Especially heavy-handed are the music cues. Oh my god... unbelievable. Every time the music dropped it was with for such obvious, manipulative purposes that I died a little inside. And I guess the movie's constant references to God and his intent on this earth are supposed to resonate on a deep thematic level, but they don't. It's just more overused trite masquerading as meaning in a film lost in its own pretensions.
I really do enjoy this KIND of movie. But this is a terrible example of it.
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