[Last Film I Saw] Se devo essere sincera (2004)

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Title: Se devo essere sincera
Year: 2004
Language: Italian
Country: Italy
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Director: Davide Ferrario
Writers:
Luciana Littizzetto
Anna Pavignano
Margherita Oggero
Cast:
Luciana Littizzetto
Dino Abbraccia
Neri Marcorè
Donatella Finocchiaro
Fabio Troiano
Mia Benedetta
Lidia Biondi
Alessandro Adriano
Rating: 5.0/10

Davide Ferrario, the director of AFTER MIDNIGHT (Dopo mezzanotte 2004), at the same year, released this comedy-crime mashup starring comedienne Luciana Littizzetto, who also chipped in the shares of the screenplay.

The recommendable part of the film is its laid-back spirit to deal with a murder case, which is legitimately Italian and the predictable gimmicks function pretty well align with Luciana’s amicable persona. The vivacious pace of the narrative attenuates the moral indictment of adultery (the ugly truth is that almost everyone is cheating behind their partners, which I fancy could be the status quo not only in Italy) and lives up to the ultimate moment and fabricates a self-conscious happy-ending.

But meanwhile the film suffers drastically to keep both comedic and crime segments into a considerable equilibrium, eventually the homicide part is ludicrously given a loose end which makes the preposterously professional investigation a shocking hoax!

Ferrario seems to lose his target after the more indie-oriented love-triangle vignette AFTER MIDNIGHT, from which the disappointment is induced, but for the sake of Luciana’s masterful slapstick humor, the film fortunately steers clear of being a complete disaster.

Without an international distribution, like most of Italian comedic films, which rarely could be comprehended by those are not Italian, this film demonstrates a critical criteria of contemporary Italian comedy. In a world the pervasive Hollywood farces are nearly invincible in every corner, other cultural strongholds are anaemic in elsewhere except its domestic base, I might wonder why these internationally notable auteurs not make any effort to strive for their own countries, culturally speaking, it is a meaningful mission, which is not quite impossible yet, plus comedy is always more welcome than dramatic features.

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