Scanio Libertetti, a failed engineer who earns a living repairing coffee machines, attends a speed awareness course in a small provincial town in the hills of Northern Italy. When asked to ...
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Scanio Libertetti, a failed engineer who earns a living repairing coffee machines, attends a speed awareness course in a small provincial town in the hills of Northern Italy. When asked to explain the circumstances that led to his speeding fine, he rewinds a little too far...launching into a story as long as a film about his life over the past year. Enter the childhood friends who are always so ready to criticize him; the uncle who's constantly encouraging him to sort his life out; and the reassuring presence of Helena, a young English girl who's moved to Italy as a consultant in Human Resources and seems to be the only person who understands him. For a while, at least.Written by
The Repairman is a fresh, entertaining, original movie.
It's a debut feature (for which I'm being a little bit generous in vote!), but very refined, with a super nice cinematography (by David Rom, a really promising talent) and a very sensitive, delicate touch.
First of all, it's funny and entertaining - a few big laughs, and a lot of giggling scenes; but it's also touching and the characters have the required depth to get attached to them.
The northern-Italian setting come with a lot of local culture and character, and it's an interesting part for itself - and some locations are beautiful; for an Italian leaving abroad, as I am, it comes with a somehow nostalgic feeling: but it's probably even more interesting for not- Italians, to discover an often unknown area (yes, each Italian region comes with a lot of peculiarities!)
There also are a real story and some deeper themes, of course; but the whole movie is told with no judgment, a sort of light detachment that let the viewer make his own opinion, helped by a rhythm fast enough to keep the story interesting, yet slow enough to let her (the spectator) explore the details, rather than rushing through it as if only the end had a meaning, and only sudden events and crazy surprises could keep a watcher interested.
The acting is just and authentic and intense, too, and successfully bring to believable life characters real and three dimensional, yet a little stereotyped, in a way that remembers more the "commedia dell'Arte" rather than the loud, all-out American style.
If you are looking for something different and well done, you won't be disappointed!
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