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David's Birthday (2009)

Il compleanno (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery, Romance | 28 May 2010 (Italy)
Two couples are enjoying their summer at the beach, but when the grown son of one couple arrives, it surprisingly stirs something in the husband of the other couple, will the forbidden feelings end badly?


Marco Filiberti


Davide De Bona (screenplay), Marco Filiberti (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
2 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Alessandro Gassmann ... Diego (as Alessandro Gassman)
Maria de Medeiros ... Francesca
Massimo Poggio ... Matteo
Michela Cescon ... Shary
Christo Jivkov ... Leonard
Piera Degli Esposti ... Giuliana
Thyago Alves Thyago Alves ... David
Eleonora Mazzoni Eleonora Mazzoni ... Flaminia
Paolo Giovannucci ... Massimo
Maria Luisa De Crescenzo Maria Luisa De Crescenzo ... Aurora
Federica Sbrenna Federica Sbrenna ... Vanessa
Marianna De Rossi Marianna De Rossi ... Chicca
Daniele De Angelis Daniele De Angelis ... Orazio
Marco Roscini Marco Roscini ... Lucio
Marco Casu Marco Casu ... Fabio


A group of friends rent a magnificent house by the sea to spend the summer together. The arrival of Shary and Diego's son David sets something off in everyone, especially Matteo, an accomplished psychoanalyst who is married to Francesca. David's lonely and enigmatic uncle Leonard senses the reasons behind the dangerous tension, hidden beneath layers of silence and friendly banter. This vacation will indelibly mark everybody's life. Written by Anonymous / Charles from VA

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Desire and Discovery on the Italian Riviera


Drama | Mystery | Romance


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Modern Opera
29 April 2012 | by enojonesSee all my reviews

Built on the theme of ill-fated love, this film merges modern cinema with opera and emerges with a hybrid which infuses the viewer with a morality tale under two hours duration. Emotional theatrics reveal the frayed and tattered mental state of these two couples as both attempt to keep the appearances of functional family ties and friendships. While some USA viewers may find the emotional intensity "over the top," I find it similar to the emotional intensity that was infused into American Western genre when it went Italian and added an operatic theme to the story-telling. While no bullets are flying in a "pulp fiction" sensational style, the emotional content and the poignant plot climax enliven a rather dull scenario of viewing yet another "Doing Time on Maple Drive" clone-film with subtitles.

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Release Date:

28 May 2010 (Italy) See more »

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David's Birthday See more »

Filming Locations:

Jesi, Ancona, Marche, Italy See more »

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1.78 : 1
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