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Don't Be Bad

Italy 2015
produced by
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

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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 cast.

Totally worth a look!

 

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