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An Almost Perfect Country (2016)

Un paese quasi perfetto (original title)
Pietramezzana, a remote village in the Lucan Dolomites, is likely to disappear. Its inhabitants, led by the volcanic Dominic do not give up and, believing that the opening of a factory may ... See full summary »

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Massimo Gaudioso

Writers:

Massimo Gaudioso, Ken Scott (original screenplay)
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Cast overview:
Fabio Volo ... Gianluca Terragni
Silvio Orlando ... Domenico Buonocore
Nando Paone ... Michele
Carlo Buccirosso ... Nicola
Miriam Leone Miriam Leone ... Anna
Gea Martire Gea Martire ... Sebastiana
Maria Paiato Maria Paiato ... Rosaria
Francesco De Vito ... Sindaco Cozzolino
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Pietramezzana, a remote village in the Lucan Dolomites, is likely to disappear. Its inhabitants, led by the volcanic Dominic do not give up and, believing that the opening of a factory may be the solution to all their troubles, they want to make sure that the project is successful. An Italian remake of canadian "The Grand Seduction (2013)" which is also a remake of french-canadian "La grande séduction (2003)" Written by AnonymousB

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Italian censorship visa # 110601 delivered on 11 March 2016. See more »

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Remake of Seducing Doctor Lewis (2003) See more »

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Winning Italian comedy retread.
5 October 2017 | by MozjoukineSee all my reviews

Having this film shift Jean-François Pouliot's 2003 Canadian La GRANDE SEDUCTION (Seducing Dr. Lewis) to Pietramezzana, a declining village in the Lucan Dolomites, emphasises the connection to BENVENUTI AL SUD (2010) and REALITY (2012) both written by Gaudioso and pivoting on an orchestrated fantasy that gets out of hand.

I found the central deception off putting at first but the comic performances and affectionately handled characters win out. Orlandi is punching below his weight here but he demonstrates his skill by making endearing the desperation he brings to the mad scheme to attract a mining company to the town where the out of work community now exists on unemployment pay-outs and his roof leaks - despite his collecting a second dole for a dead associate. The company insists the town have a resident doctor.

They plan to recruit city plastic surgeon Volo using a succession of frauds of varying ingenuity and comic appeal - faking a local cricket team, dropping bank notes in the streets, having the town's one restaurant add sushi and giving Orlandi a lost son that the orphan doctor can relate to.

The way the situation is turned round for the finale is more inventive and more winning than the Canadian film and this one does work in making the community the focus for our sympathy. They are an interesting contrast to the conniving Sicilians in Ficarra & Picone's L'ORA LEGALE (It's The Law) of the same year. Both films deploy A- feature talent on a similar low comedy subject though their aims are very different.


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24 March 2016 (Italy) See more »

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