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Mambo Italiano [DVD]

3.9 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Luke Kirby, Ginette Reno, Paul Sorvino, Mary Walsh, Peter Miller
  • Directors: Emile Gaudreault
  • Producers: Daniel Louis, Denise Robert
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Whv
  • DVD Release Date: 25 July 2005
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009J2QJ0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 115,289 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Maria (Ginette Reno) and Gino (Paul Sorvino), emigrated from Italy to Montreal in the 50s and married after their arrival in 'the new world', a world they still haven't quite got used to. Their world is shattered when their son, Angelo (Luke Kirby), decides to get a place of his own. However, they are relieved when Angelo's childhood buddy, Nino (Peter Miller), decides to move in with their son. After all, Nino is an old family friend and he's a respectable cop. Their relief is short lived, as they find out that Nino and Angelo are much more than mere roommates - they're lovers! Will Angelo and Nino be able to resist the gargantuan pressure coming at them from all sides and find the strength to survive as a couple? Will Nino be able to withstand the seductive charms of the voluptuous Pina? Will Angelo find the courage to fully come out of the closet and confront all of them while he accepts himself?

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My partner and I thoroughly enjoyed this romantic feelgood movie. It should be on any gay person's list of 2005 must sees.
But straight people should not avoid !There is a message for every person, be it from Mediterranean descent to anyone who feels that they don't quite belong.
There will be inevitable comparisons with my Big Greek F W, but it's not a case of seen-one-seen-them-all. You will just love the family, your heart will also ache for the poor confused parents. You just feel like hugging them ,as you reflect on your relationship with your own parents.
Do yourself a favour, and get this movie ASAP into your DVD player, and ENJOY
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I saw this title through work at a special screening and everyone was laughing out loud throughout. I was really surprised it wasn't more of a success at the box office. It's a little gem, bright, colourful, sweet, funny, a great way to spend an afternoon.
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The movie stereotypes Italians, but in a tongue-in-cheek fashion. It's full of laughs, but also poignant in its exploration of the trials and triumphs of coming out and finding a new place in the old, traditional family.
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There is nothing terribly ground-breaking or original in this film. Nevertheless, it's absolutely great!

The story doesn't really amount to much. The characters are all stereotypes. It doesn't say too much about the human condition; conservative parents disturbed by discovery that son is gay shock!!!!!!!!!

Having said all that this is a thoroughly nice film that leaves you with a warm glow after. Sure, it's not the kind of movie that picks up a batch of Oscars, but it sure is a lot more fun than Brokeback Mountain.
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It is not a masterpiece in the gay gender or genre, but it is a masterpiece in the Italian genre or gender because it brings gayness into the Italian community. And that is a genial idea, isn't it? Because if there is anything more disturbing than being gay and out of the closet in the Italian tradition, it is ... well it is ... what after all? Maybe nothing. Maybe to have a family reunion with your grandchildren when you are a Pope.

In this film then, two childhood friends assume being gay in their grown age, when they finally manage to get out of their stifling, choking and strangling Italian families and they enjoy it as long as they remain in the closet, but there is always some body louse that will go around and tell at least one person under a strict promise and oath to keep it secret, and then that will be too late. Everyone will know instantly.

But one of the two will accept the deal of getting dragged into marriage and fatherhood by an old high school girl grown adult and solitary, though rather rapacious as for men, though there is a time when you have to settle down, isn't there? Her last chance becomes his first and only chance to be back in the good Italian mould, at least for a while with a closet in the garage or a motel downtown. He will take it because then you don't have to answer difficult questions and you don't have to face tense situations with your mamma or your papa, or your neighbors or even the peeping toms in the street and the gossip in the supermarket.

And you will be alone again but you will finally be free and you will finally be able to say mother-f*****g-s**t to the whole world, God included and you will have your life in your own hands. You will start a new career, etc.
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A feel good coming out kind of movie. But this one with a twist: even if the family and community is hostile it is also a bit mad and exhilaratingly funny. The movie relates to the famous comic success My Big Fat Greek Wedding, casting a young gay man in the middle of a prejudicial and homophobic Italian family. But no drama from that, only crazy comedy. The drama bit comes from the Italian cop lover, who has some unresolved issues.

Very funny dialogues, great acting, a lively cinematography (some Almodóvar inspired strong colours) and some superb support roles (the sister was my favourite character) make the movie a very entertaining and feel good experience. Downside aspects were, for me, the abuse of some clichés and the fact that the two main characters were not ever really convincing in their truth.
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A great date movie....fun and fluffy and well worth a watch with a bowl of popcorn and your boyfriend. You could even throw your parents onto the couch with you - it's as inoffensive as a new born babe....
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Light, but not stupid comedy about dealing with being a gay in typical italian family. Films like "Mambo italiano" are based mainly on national stereotypes. Even though the idea isn't something new, writers of the script avoided being cliche. In fact, history like that could happen in every family that comes from country where Christianity is leading (and VERY powerful religion). Because of that a lot of people, not only Italians, can find something in common with the main character.
"Mambo italiano" is one of the movies I am gonna come back to.
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