By a strange twist of fate , two friends, played by Massimo Troisi and Roberto Benigni, find themselves catapulted back in time to 1492. Despite initial confusion, they decide upon a course of action: to set off for Spain to stop Columbus discovering America! The reasons may seem obvious but there is an additional twist. Along the way, they get into a number of scrapes and encounter Leonardo da Vinci. Much of the humour in the film derives from the relationship between the the two friends and their exasperation with each other. Massimo Troisi and Roberto Begnini are superb in their roles and their acting has a spontaneous feel to it, as if, at least partly, improvised.
If you liked Massimo Troisi in Il Postino and Roberto Benigni in Life is Beautiful, you will certainly love this film.
There are no English sub-titles but on the other hand, it is worth learning Italian just to watch this film!