An Almost Ordinary Summer

Directed by Simone Godano

Cast: Alessandro Gassmann, Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Filippo Scicchitano, Jasmine Trinca

Two very different families unexpectedly spend their holidays in the same house at the seaside: the aristocratic Castelvecchios, open-minded, cultured, eccentric but quite self-absorbed, and their cultural antithesis, the tight-knit, working-class Petagnas, a family bound by their extreme conservatism. What brought these distant worlds together? A surprise announcement by Tony and Carlo, the two elderly patriarchs of these contrasting clans soon reveals the reason for the gathering: the unexpected announcement of their engagement (and simultaneous coming out). The stage is set for a farcical exploration of family dynamics and finding – and fighting for – love in the twilight years in this effervescent rom-com. The chemistry between silver fox Tony (one time Italian matinee idol Fabrizio Bentivoglio) and his soulful soulmate Carlo (Alessandro Gassman of STEAM: THE TURKISH BATH) drives this charming Italian-style LA CAGE AUX FOLLES.

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