Respiro and one of the best immigrant movies ever made, a work of art called Golden Door, so it is splendid to have him back with a new work like this one.
Donatella Finocchiaro, shown two photos up) is probably the most conflicted, wanting to follow both the business-like imperative of her brother, who'll do anything to keep tourists coming to the island, and her father, who hews to the old ways.
Filippo Pucillo, above, right and further above), is conflicted, too, in his own confused and adolescent manner. Only Gramps (a noble, angry performance by Mimmo Cuticchio, shown below, in the midst of a message made of fish) has any certainty. This makes the resolution of the film -- which, like so much of this year's Open Roads, brings the theme of justice to the fore -- all the more difficult and dearly earned.
Cohen Media Group, opens today, July 24, in Manhattan at the IFC Center, and in Los Angeles on August 9, at the Laemmle Music Hall 3. Elsewhere? Click here (then scroll down and hope for the best). Whenever Cohen Media Group sees fit to update its web site, you may be able to find out where else this fine film is playing.