Monday, September 13, 2010


Cine Europa 13
Cinema 2, Shang Cineplex

The main premise of this Italian movie hinges on an unusual custom. It is 1956 and in a small picturesque island during the 18th birthday of every lass, all her potential suitors in town line up to present gifts to her father. He then determines (based on the gift) who will date his daughter on her natal day.

Marcello is the son of a fisherman who initially scoffs at the tradition until he lays eyes on the daughter of the Mayor who returns home after her studies. He has the perfect gift in mind but before he can acquire it, he must barter with nearly everyone in the village, and it seems that each resident has a different request.

The pursuit of each item to be traded takes him all over town where we are presented to an array of colorful characters. Some are mysterious, others are secretive but each of them with their distinct eccentricities which give the village much of its local flare. Marcello's 'task' also exposes the pitfalls of the age old tradition which seems to have caused so much woes to the residents of this sleepy little town.

The scenery alone makes this a film worth watching - a quaint little coastal town surrounded by a sparkling sea, this whimsical comedy with delightful characters is entirely in Italian with English subtitles.

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