[Last Film I Saw] Mambo Italiano (2003)

Mambo Italiano poster

Title: Mambo Italiano
Year: 2003
Language: English, Italian, French
Country: Canada
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director: Émile Gaudreault
Writers: Émile Gaudreault, Steve Galluccio
based on the play of Steve Galluccio
Music: FM Le Sieur
Cinematography: Serge Ladouceur
Luke Kirby
Ginette Reno
Paul Sorvino
Mary Walsh
Claudia Ferri
Peter Miller
Sophie Lorain
Tim Post
Tara Nicodemo
Mark Camacho
Rating: 5.4/10

The context of the film reminds me of C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005) by Jean Marc Vallee, both made in Canada and deals with a coming-out-of-the-closet story, only this time, it meddles with an immigrant Italian background, which nine times out of ten means it will be more dramatic and ludicrous than the usual savor.

I enjoyed the film at large, but still C.R.A.Z.Y. is peerless by far. The film is a dramedy with lightweight ambition and creativity, my gut feeling is that it doesn’t care too much to share any sincereness to excavate a little deeper than other tons of analogs. A cliched plot makes little disturbance, the only should-be distinguished part is a cast of spanking lampooned characters treads the boards with self-conscious affectations (the only exception could be Paul Sorvino).

Our protagonist and his relationship are not well codified while all the attention-grabbing moments reside among the elderly parents, which hurts the credibility and turns out to be a kitschy day-time soap opera.

Generally speaking, everything in the film is just overage, soundtrack, cinematography, acting, nothing is remarkable, thankfully everything culminates in a non-traditional happy ending, life goes on no matter what, your prince charming will always standing there as long as you can stop whining and be true to yourself. Actually, it is a pity there aren’t enough mambo in the film and its Italian backdrop limits only several simple Italian shouted randomly and irregularly in the movie, I guess Italy is just a shameless stunt here (sorry for the autobiographic work from writer Steve Galluccio).


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