- Elf 2017
Non Essere Cattivo
Don't Be Bad
Paolo Bogna, Simone Isola, Valerio Mastandrea for Kimerafilm, RAI (RAI Cinema), Taodue Film, Leone Film Group
directed by Claudio Caligari
starring Luca Marinelli, Alessandro Borghi, Silvia D'Amico, Roberta Mattei, Alessandro Bernardini, Valentino Campitelli, Danilo Cappanelli, Manuel Rulli, Elisabetta De Vito, Alice Clementi, Emanuela Fanelli, Giulia Greco, Claudia Ianniello, Emanuele Grazioli, Luciano Miele, Stefano Focone, Massimo De Santis, Andrea Orano, Carmelo Fresta, Alex Cellentani, Marco Aceti, Angelica Cacciapaglia, Fabio Cipolla, Paolo Moccia, Gianfranco Bilancione, Giorgio Contenti, Ulisse, Carlo Bisegna, Amir, Germana Flamini, Dario Narducci, Andrea Lolli, Gonzalo Guaiardo, Daniel Tilloca, Piero Concilietti, Hiram Meza, Giampiero Mattei, Francesco Staltari, Roberto Ardito, Pietro Ingravalle, Francesca Giorli, Gianluigi Brignone, Alessia Cardarelli, Fabio Rizzuto, Cristian Micarelli, Sergio Caucci, Mattia Barilli, Ivano Barbacane, Antonello Lupetto, Stefano Galderisi, Cesare Paoletti, Marta Tozzi
story by Claudio Caligari, screenplay by Claudio Caligari, Giordano Meacci, Francesca Serafini, music by Paolo Vivaldi, Alessandro Sartini
Cesare (Luca Marinelli) and Vittorio (Alessando Borghi), two down on
their luck guys in their early twenties, have pretty much nothing apart
from one another - and so they roam the streets of their poor
neighbourhood, spending their days and especially nights getting drunk and
high and having meaningless sex on occasions, and making a few bucks to
support their lifestyle with petty crimes and pushing drugs. This all
changes when Vittorio meets and falls in love with Linda (Roberta Mattei),
who is more than receptive to his advances, but more than anything else
she needs a father figure for her son, so she makes Vittorio give up his
drug-induced lifestyle and get a regular job at a building site. Vittorio
sees this as a chance to save his life from the utter meaninglessness it
has been so far and tries to stick to the straight and narrow path (with
varying success), and even sort of likes it. However, trying to persuade
Cesare to make something of his life as well and join him doesn't go too
well, and once the one other person Cesare has always cared about, his
little niece (Alice Clementi), dies, Cesare gets totally off the rails and
onto a downward spiral ...
True, the first few scenes of Don't
Be Bad are somewhat reminiscent of Trainspotting, if not in
style then in spirit at least (and perhaps fittingly then, Don't Be Bad
is also set in the 1990s), but it soon manages to develop an identity of
its own that is more reminiscent of classic Italian neorealismo than
stoner movies of more recent years and that really tells an engaging story
that has a "true" ring to it that's also mirrored in its
spectacle-free and yet very empathizing directorial effort, its deeply
flawed and yet likeable key characters, and of course its strong ensemble
Totally worth a look!
review © by Mike Haberfelner
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