Colpi di Fulmine is a film that deals with the theme of love at first sight. In the first part a psychiatrist (Christian De Sica) ends up in the cross-hair of the revenue authorities. He is innocent, but He is afraid to go to jail before he could make his point, so he disguises himself as a priest and takes refuge in a small village in Trentino, where he pretends to be the new pastor of the small community. Although fasting for religious practices, thanks to its experience can empathize with the parishioners. The situation becomes complicated when he falls in love at first sight with a beautiful woman (Luisa Ranieri). For both it is a shameful love: for her because she believes him to be a true priest, for him because he knows he's a fake priest. These are the premise for a series of comic situations that will lead to a surprise ending. The second part of the film takes place in Rome, starring the Italian Ambassador to the Holy See (Greg). The diplomat, as he wants his role, is ...Written by
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The best way to characterize this comedy is through the fact that it does not really stand out through anything. You have the classical quid-pro-quo from which all the funny situations derive and there are of course all stereotypical characters, everything culminating in a stereotypical ending.
The idea of love at first sight is hardly believable in reality and the film doesn't make it any more credible unfortunately, but we are talking about a comedy, so credibility is not necessarily a prerequisite for making the movie funny. The problem is that at times it tries too hard to be funny, making things seem totally unnatural, thus achieving the opposite effect.
On the positive side however, splitting the movie in 2 different stories adds variety and dynamic, avoiding a story which would drag on for too long and become boring. Despite its limitations, I must confess I did not feel all that frustrated and the movie managed to deliver some laughs.
Bottom line, if you watch it without having high hopes you can find it fairly enjoyable, but there are definitely much better Italian comedies out there.
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