Eric Lombard is at a crossroads - does he continue to pursue his long-shot dream of playing professional football, or does he start the next phase of his life, and apply to law school? As he struggles with this decision, Eric - along with his longtime girlfriend, Colleen - visits his cousin in Florence. There, to his surprise, he gets involved with the ancient local sport of Calcio Storico - and everything that Eric has assumed about his life is challenged.
Did You Know?
The language school where the film was shot - the Michelangelo Istituto di Lingua e Cultura Italiana - is the same language school where the writer/director Evan Oppenheimer studied when he lived in Florence. See more
In the scene of them out on the river, double sculling under the Ponte Vecchio, it was clear that the long shot was of guys who knew how to scull, but that in the close ups we could see that the actors didn't have a clue, especially Ercole (Brett Dalton) who really made it look like a Labour of Hercules! They were quite obviously so incompetent that some form of float had been attached to the boat to prevent them from capsizing. This appeared to be of a light coloured wood, and was clearly visible in two shots, one out on the river and another as they returned to the dock. In fact, once back at the dock they both drew their oars in out of the water while still sitting in the boat, something no sculler or rower would ever do, as it would almost certainly flip over (without that poorly concealed float attached). It is always necessary to get out of the boat while the oars are still all the way out on the water. See more
Filmed entirely in Florence, Italy. Except for a tiny bit in Fiesole. See more