Italian Contemporary Film Festival: COUCH POTATOES (Gli Sdraiati) Italy 2017) ****

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Francesca Archibugi (screenplay), Francesco Piccolo(screenplay) | 1 more credit »


This is my favourite of the festival, partly because I can relate to the theme of a difficult son and his relationship with his father.  This a relevant comedy adapted from the book by Michele Serra, where parents are separated and adults have difficulty relating less controlling their teenage children.  

The father is Giorgio (Claudio Bisio) also called ‘Past his due date’ by the son and ‘loser’ by his son’s friends, a highly respected TV presenter.  When the film opens, Giorgio has custody for the next few days of 17-year old son, Tito (Gaddo Bacchini) who with his friends invade the father’s home spilling yogurt and  smoking up in the room.  Tito has a girlfriend, Alice (Ilaria Brusadelli) who turns out to be the daughter of Giorgio’s old flame, Rosalba (Sandra Ceccearelli) which means that she and Tito could be step-siblings.  But it is the father/son relationship that is the subject of the film, and this is seen from both son and father’s points of view.  

 The funny thing is that the son is a real prick to his father who is at wits end as to how to control this son of his.  When the son is injured from falling off a roof, the relationship improves.  The film does not always provide solutions to the problems presented but who really cares? 

 COACH POTATOES is a totally charming heartwarming comedy, full of emotion and relevance and it is very, very funny. The original music composed by  Battista Lena is amazing.


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