Freewheeling in Roma | Chicago Reader

Freewheeling in Roma

A Rome seldom seen in travelogues animates this unusually loose and impressionistic film in 'Scope from writer-director Carola Spadoni. The camera follows, over the course of one day, a street bard named Victor (poet Victor Cavallo), who's running for mayor and engaging everyone he sees in conversation about politics and life. The locales he roams through are hangouts for those on Rome's fringe—a tent city next to the Tiber, a bustling flea market, side-street corners, a desolate bar. Much of the dialogue seems improvised by the mostly nonprofessional cast, and the ruminations and complaints have the ring of authenticity. The music on the busy, creepy sound track is appropriate to each setting in this casual stroll through a city Spandoni clearly loves. In Italian with subtitles. 85 min.

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