Men al dente

Men al dente

           Men al dente
               Genre: Drama
               Homosexuality, family relationships, coming out, father-son relationship, Berlinale 2010
  Tomasso is a free spirit. He lives in Rome with his friend, studied literature and wrote a book. But there is another Tomasso. Who studied economics in Rome, is straight and to take along with his older brother, the noodle factory in the family. But the fact he has no desire and forges a plan. He will free himself and announce in the upcoming family reunion in front of everyone that he is a writer and has no clue about economics. And that he likes men. Only his brother, he is already familiar in advance. When his big moment has come, does, however, his brother first, and comes out before the family whereupon he is promptly thrown out and the father suffers a heart attack. Tomasso Before he knows it is suddenly and head of Papa’s favorite new pasta factory, while his friend impatiently waiting for his return to Rome. Ferzan Ozpetek’s new film VAGANTI Mine is at first sight an almost typical Italian family film. From patriarchial-conservative father, who are always on harmony thoughtful mother, alcoholic aunt and grandmother all the way to cynical here. Only one is different. The two young sons are not the biggest womanizer of the village. And that’s especially the father to create quite a bit. Although the film lightly and incredibly charming, therefore, comes, but he treats a serious subject. In a country like Italy, where Catholicism and machismo are still widespread, homosexuals do not have it easy. Mine VAGANTI creates here a little enlightenment. No, to be gay is not curable and it is not the end of the world, even when tears are all the village’s mouth. What is more important – and this applies in this movie not only for the queer characters, but especially for the women of the family – you have to emancipate themselves and free themselves from the shackles of tradition and social rules, if you will be happy. Ozpetek family constellation is one in which everyone adheres to the rules and has either been lost or obstructed. The announcement at the dinner table that her son is gay is only a drop in the barrel brings to the final overflow and is a painful but important process of awakening in motion. This shows Ozpetek his family opera in beautiful, sun-drenched paintings, externalize the desire and the longing of the individual characters. Sometimes he combines in his paintings and contemporary events of the past family history and can it in with two of his imagery to tell stories that are related to each other with respect. Particularly successful is his use of humor, which is never thoughtless and crude, but highly sensitive. VAGANTI Mine is great Italian cinema. Melancholy and funny to equal the film tells a great family story that is old and new at the same time and makes it a loving piece of intelligence work – not only for the Italian society. (Beatrice Behn)
  Title: Men’s al dente Original Title: Mine VAGANTI Country of production: , Italy Year of Production: 2010 Length: 110 (Min) Distribution: Prokino Film Distribution

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