Croce e delizia (original title) / 2019 / comedy, drama / 1h 40min / directed by Simone Godano / screenplay by Giulia Louise Steigerwalt / country: Italy / language: Italian | French

“In a way, this very contemporary film harkens back to the more classic traditions of commedia all’italiana, presenting a serious and complicated social scenario through a comedic lens, without shying away from the inherent tragedy and difficulty embedded within. Croce e delizia is a warmly charming, and often moving, look at how family dynamics may change but love and compassion will always be at the heart.” –Pop Culture Pundit, MrStevenJohnson

“It’s La cage aux folles meets Mamma Mia! in this light-hearted and surprisingly touching Mediterranean charmer.” –Frameline, Peter L. Stein

Two very different families spend their holidays in the same house at the seaside: the aristocratic Castelvecchios, open-minded, eccentric, but quite selfish, and the working-class Petagnas, very tight-knit, and united around solid conservative values.What brought such distant worlds together? Only Tony and Carlo, the two middle-aged heads of the families, know! The unexpected announcement of their engagement will disrupt an apparently ordinary Summer, and turn the lives of everyone around them upside down.

p.s. ” Croce e delizia is a live album from Italian rock band Litfiba. It was recorded in 1997 and released in 1998. ” –wikipedia, listen here

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