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Welcome to the South (2010)

Benvenuti al sud (original title)
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Overwhelmed by his wife, a postal worker from Northern Italy feigns disability to request a transfer to Milan. When he's unmasked, he is sent to a tiny village near Naples for two years. He... See full summary »

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Luca Miniero

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Massimo Gaudioso (screenplay), Dany Boon (original screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Claudio Bisio Claudio Bisio ... Alberto Colombo
Alessandro Siani ... Mattia Volpe
Angela Finocchiaro ... Silvia Colombo
Valentina Lodovini ... Maria
Nando Paone ... Costabile piccolo
Riccardo Zinna Riccardo Zinna ... Vigile urbano
Nunzia Schiano Nunzia Schiano ... Signora Volpe
Salvatore Misticone Salvatore Misticone ... Signor Scapece
Francesco Albanese Francesco Albanese ... Centauro
Naike Rivelli ... Poliziotta
Teco Celio Teco Celio ... Gran Maestro
Giacomo Rizzo Giacomo Rizzo ... Costabile grande
Clara Bindi Clara Bindi
Fulvio Falzarano Fulvio Falzarano ... Mario
Fabio Farronato Fabio Farronato
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Storyline

Overwhelmed by his wife, a postal worker from Northern Italy feigns disability to request a transfer to Milan. When he's unmasked, he is sent to a tiny village near Naples for two years. He moves there alone, scared and full of the typical prejudice about the south. But he meets lovely people who quickly make him feel at home. Now the challenge is to explain this to his wife, so he chooses to make her believe that his life is hell. A remake of the French film "Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis." Written by fleischman-49779

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Country:

Italy | Germany

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

1 October 2010 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Bem-vindo ao Sul See more »

Filming Locations:

Milan, Lombardia, Italy See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This is a remake of the french film "Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis" by and with Dany Boon. See more »

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O'Ballo d' 'o Cavallo
Written by Alberto Selly
Performed by Alberto Selly
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Very well rounded comedy for all ages, with a positive message
29 April 2012 | by bluelilis2211See all my reviews

I've just watched this movie as part of the Italian Film Festival held yearly at Washington University in St.Louis, Missouri, HTTP://www.italianfilmfestivalstlouis.com/. The film was projected in Italian, subtitled in English. This is a solid comedy. I laughed practically all the time. It was judged the best movie of the festival, by a mixed audience of Italians and Americans. It is not sex-oriented, even if Valentina Lodovini (Maria) shows considerable amount of her upper-front anatomy; that's just natural in Italy. And it's really witty, and well structured for creating a crescendo of humor. I haven't seen the original French version, so I don't know whether the credit for this is due to the Italian production or not. Italians in Italy might not like this movie because it seems to tread too lightly on very serious things, like the violence, the garbage, and other known problems in the Naples' area. But, you know? It's a comedy! And, contrary to what some Italians in Italy feel, this movie shows that North people when forced to confront their prejudices they might discover that they are also good, nice, friendly South people out there. Italians at the Film festival actually loved this movie, while hated the two that showed a more "realistic" view of the Neapolitan way of life. The reason is that a movie is also an ambassador for the country of origin. Nobody outside Italy wants to see, not even a part of their country always portrayed as a cesspool of garbage and violence, without showing the rest of such community. For me the message of this movie is universal, not just Italian. In all human confrontations, the other side is also human. And if we learn how to walk in the shoes of the "other", looking at life through the "other"'s eyes, we may find that we are not different at all. I didn't give it a full 10 because the process of making it oh-so-funny, made some situations, and the personal relationships (husband-wife, boyfriend-girlfriend, etc.) become a bit unreal and stereotypical. But I laughed! Finally, I wonder where did they found so many practitioners, at the "truly-incomprehensible-master level", of the Neapolitan dialect...


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