The Invisible Thread : when an Italian gay family break up turns melodramatic

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  There are many different ways to tell the story of a family drama, and with this particular Italian one, they just shouted it.  This intriguing same-sex fathers and son tale with its ground-breaking scenario sadly overwhelmed its potential subtle family dynamics by unnecessarily making every single step such a melodrama. Simone (Francesco Scianna)  and … Continue reading

Queerguru reviews MASCARPONE a delectable Italian queer dramedy

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  The opening scenes of Mascarpone, a new queer dramady  from co-directors Alessandro Guida and Matteo Pilati, is set to send shivers down the backs of quite a few gay men in long-term relationships. A rather oblivious Antonio (Giancarlo Commare) is abruptly told by his long-time husband Lorenzo (Carlo Calderone) that their marriage is over as … Continue reading

Ernesto : a teenager wanders around Rome looking for ‘himself’.

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    Ernesto the debut movie by Italian couple  Alice De Luca and Giacomo Raffaelli makes too many demands on the viewer.  This experimental wee film shakily shot on a handheld camera and that contains long sections of silence,  and a muddled narrative, requires a great deal of patience to keep viewing until the final credits It’s … Continue reading

The Goddess of Fortune : the latest excellent gay dramedy from Ferzan Özpetek

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  If Ferzan Özpetek is not Queerguru’s favorite queer Italian filmmaker, then  he is definitely near the top of our list.  This Turkish born Italian captured our attention with Hamam (Steam: The Turkish Baths) in 1997.  He then when on to capture  our hearts with his multi-award winning The Ignorant Fairies (released in the US/UK … Continue reading

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