Daniele Cipri (shown at right), is here working for the first time without his usual partner of many years, Franco Maresco. I've only seen one of their collaborations, Toto Who Lived Twice, which I have to say left me cold, so I can only herald Cipri's solo debut as some-thing wonderfully special. If It Was the Son is any indication of what he can achieve all by himself, we're in for some marvels to come.
Alfredo Castro, the bizarre Chilean actor who has so effectively creeped us out in Tony Manero and Post Mortem) that we simply buy into it and enjoy.
Toni Servillo, that shape-shifter seemingly without his own face. I did not even recognize Servillo until I saw his name in the end credits. The actor is wonderful, as (almost) always, playing the father as a figure of great fun -- until eventually you realize that he is beyond redemption.
Fabrizio Falco (above and below, left), who is already making waves, has won awards and can be seen in this film and in Dormant Beauty at this year's Open Roads series. This kids's got a gorgeous, expressive face, atop a long, lean, pliant body. Seeing him in these two, vastly different films presages quite a career ahead.
Giselda Volodi (above, center, and below, left) provides some much-needed humanity, while Aurora Quattrocchi, as grandma (below, second from left), has a scene so strong and indelibly shocking at the film's finale for which an award -- any award -- would seem paltry. She'll make your blood run cold.
Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center: this Friday, June 7, at 6pm and again at 6:30pm, and then Tuesday, June 11, at 4:30pm. Click here to view the entire Open Road series.