Veleno (Nicolas Orzella) and Zazą (Luca Schipani) are part of a wider group of friends all of whom play football together for a local team. Despite the gulf in the fortunes of their upbringings, with Veleno the son of wealthy parents and Zazą living with his drug dealer brother, the two bond and from the nucleus of the band of buddies.
One day, Zazą, having sought shelter on the neighbouring rooftops after some of his brother's 'associates' came round to the apartment, spotted a young woman, Annalisa, (Aylin Prandi) about to jump from the top of the church. The teenager alerts he rest of the village and a crowd gathers below to watch. In the end her life is not brought to an abrupt end and, struck by her beauty, Zazą and Veleno try to befriend her.
With Zazą as the brains of the operation, the pair try every trick in the book to get closer to her and it quickly becomes evident that they are both falling for her. Under normal circumstances they wouldn't have a chance, however, having recently lost her husband, she is vulnerable and needing attention. The three of them enjoy several adventures, although, one day, this is brought to an abrupt end when Zazą, wanting to protect Annalisa, finds himself in prison and ruins a promising footballing career. Veleno then finds himself out of Zazą's shadow and attempts to woo the young lady for himself.
Based on Mario Desiati's book of the same name, Il Paese delle Spose Infelici is not an original story by any means, but they film adaptation is a beautiful piece of cinematography and will strike a chord with us all, bringing memories of our youth flooding back. For the moment no distributor has bought the film for the UK but it is available on DVD from Amazon.
Date : 13/08/2012
Average price: £10.00