Italian Contemporary Film Festival: ROAD TO THE LEMON GROVE (Italy/Canada 2018)

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Road to the Lemon Grove Poster
A deceased Sicilian father, has one last outrageous mission in store for his son – spread his ashes in the lemon groves of Sicily, reunite two feuding families, discovering the heart and soul of who he really is.

Director:

Dale Hildebrand

 

The ad for the film goes “When life dishes you lemons…”  The film’s lead character is sure dished out a whole lot of lemons.  Guido (Nick Mancuso), a lecturer at the University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada is given one mission by his recent deceased father, who keeps appearing as a ghost speaking in broken English with an Italian accent. 

Guido is to spread his ashes in the lemon groves of Sicily, while reunite two feuding families.  Hopefully while doing the mission, he will also discover the heart and soul of who he really is and maybe win the heart of a beautiful Sicilian (Rosella Brescia).  If all this sounds like quite serious stuff, it isn’t as director Hildebrand is more interested in cheap clownish Italian humour.  Mancuso portrays Guido as quite the clown and even the ghost of the father is quite the goof.  

Lots of manic situations and Italian gestures.  A message here is to preserve old languages which is what the professor teaches to his sleepy and uninterested room of students.  Hildebrand does manage to get some good solid laughs from his comedic set-ups.  Any messages on preservation of language or doing good are lost in Hildebrand’s fondness for clownish humour.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHIp_1mZNJw

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Happy Birthday: Burt Young

burtyoung.jpgHappy Birthday actor Burt Young

Born: Richard Morea
April 30, 1940 in New York City, New York, USA

Read reviews of the best of the actor:

ROCKYRocky
1976
dir. John G Avildsen
starring
Sylvestor Stallone
Tia Shire
Young

ROCKY IIRocky II
1979
dir. Sylvestor Stallone
starring
Sylvestor Stallone
Carl Weathers

ROCKY IIIRocky III
1982
dir. Sylvestor Stallone
starring
Sylvestor Stallone
Talia Shire
Mr. T

ROCKY IVRocky IV
1985
dir. Sylvestor Stallone
starring
Sylvestor Stallone
Dolph Lundgren </a
ROCKY VRocky V
1990
dir. John G Avildsen
starring
Sylvestor Stallone
Tommy Morrison

ROCKY BALBOARocky Balboa
2006
dir. Sylvestor Stallone
starring
Sylvestor Stallone
Young
Milo Ventimiglia

WIN WINWIN WIN
dir. Thomas McCarthy
Stars:
Paul Giamatti
Amy Ryan