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Mediterranea (2015)

Unrated | | Drama | 20 November 2015 (USA)
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Two men make the dangerous journey from Africa to Italy for a better life, but then face hostility and violence in this shocking look at the life-and-death struggle of refugees.

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Jonas Carpignano
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Koudous Seihon ... Ayiva
Alassane Sy Alassane Sy ... Abas
Adam Gnegne Adam Gnegne ... Mades
Mary Elizabeth Innocence Mary Elizabeth Innocence ... Mary
Pio Amato Pio Amato ... Pio
Zakaria Kbiri Zakaria Kbiri ... Medhi
Davide Schipilliti Davide Schipilliti ... Rocco
Vincenzina Siciliano Vincenzina Siciliano ... Marta
Joy Odundia Joy Odundia ... Petit Model (as Joy 'Anabel' Odundia)
Ousman Yabre Ousman Yabre ... Ousman
Francesco Papasergio Francesco Papasergio ... Mommo (as Fracesco Scaramozzino)
Annalisa Spirli Annalisa Spirli ... Annalisa
Mimma Papasergio Mimma Papasergio ... Mimma
Norina Ventre Norina Ventre ... Mama Africa (as Norina 'Mamma Africa' Ventre)
Ernest Zire Ernest Zire ... Arafat (as Eresto Zire)
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Two men make the dangerous journey from Africa to Italy for a better life, but then face hostility and violence in this shocking look at the life-and-death struggle of refugees.

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Written by Maksim Fadeev, Olga Seryabkina
Performed by Serebro
Published by Izdatek Stvo Monolit S.R.L.
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Unsensational take on immigration with a documentary feel
23 December 2015 | by pocketapocketaSee all my reviews

I knew nothing about this film when I sat down to it as part of a project to choose films for distribution in the Czech Republic. I took to it fast. The hand-held camera takes some getting used to, and there were times when the action was unclear due to a lack of light. The style was appropriate for the most part, however, suiting the subject and setting. The main characters are sympathetic and their stories comprehensible from the start. The brothers Ayiva and Abas we travel with from a few minutes into the film, are believably differentiated throughout. I personally understood Ayiva, whose POV the film takes, and who seemed to take a rope-a-dope stance to anything the world could throw at him, but could understand why his brother might look down on him for it.

The film is gentle. Never preachy. The acting is natural. I have come across references to the main characters having been played by non-actors, with Ayiva played by a refugee whose story resembles his character's. True or not, it feels real enough. For most of the film, the story of the refugees life here stands in relation to many other similarly-themed films as Jarhead stands to other war films: though there is action, it's low key, with much of it relating to work, to getting hands on a bargain, Skypeing home, the rituals of food. In the last third of the film, this changes somewhat, but if the pace steps up, it is never long frenetic.

In 2015, this is an important film that deserves some real success.


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$5,846, 22 November 2015

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$22,076

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$46,392
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