Croce e delizia [An Almost Ordinary Summer] (2019)

Croce e delizia
Director: Simone Godano
Writer: Giulia Louise Steigerwalt
Cast: Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Alessandro Gassmann, Jasmine Trinca, Filippo Scicchitano, Lunetta Savino, Anna Galiena, Rosa Diletta Rossi, Clara Ponsot, Giandomenico Cupaiuolo
Seen on: 3.8.2020

Content Note: (critical treatment of) homomisia

Despite being from very different social backgrounds, fish monger Carlo (Alessandro Gassmann) and bon vivant Tony (Fabrizio Bentivoglio) fell in love. Now they just have to tell their families who don’t even know that they are into men in the first place. Carlo’s son Sandro (Filippo Scicchitano) struggles with his own homomisia and wonders whether his father ever loved his mother, while Tony’s daughters Penelope (Jasmine Trinca) and Olivia (Clara Ponsot) seem more accepting at first. But Penelope in particular finds that she cannot let her father marry a man and conspires with Sandro to break the two of them up.

Croce e delizia is the cinematic equivalent of a beach read: it’s light, a little shallow and an entertaining way to pass the time that probably won’t have a deep impact on anyone beyond that. I had fun with it.

The film poster showing headshots of Carlo (Alessandro Gassmann), Penelope (Jasmine Trinca) and Tony (Fabrizio Bentivoglio).
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Peur de rien [Parisienne] (2015)

Peur de rien
Director: Danielle Arbid
Writer: Danielle Arbid, Julie Peyr
Cast: Manal IssaPaul HamyDamien ChapelleVincent LacosteDominique BlancClara Ponsot
Part of: Scope100 (last year, I participated in the Scope50 project)
Seen on: 4.1.2016

Lina (Manal Issa) comes to Paris from Lebanon to study. She is supposed to stay with her aunt and her husband but just before the semester actually starts, her uncle comes on to her. Lina runs away in shock. Without money, a place to stay or much idea about life in Paris, she sets out to build herself a life, with any means necessary.

Peur de Rien tells an interesting story and it tells it well, with one of the most fascinating and intriguing protagonists I’ve seen in a while. Every once in a while it strays a little too much and could have been more concise, but altogether, I really enjoyed it.

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