Hannibal's Children | Chicago Reader

Hannibal's Children

An impoverished man robs a bank in Turin, hoping to escape to Switzerland, but he winds up taking a hostage, a businessman with his own reasons for wanting to leave town. The hostage quickly takes control and steers the bank robber to southern Italy, where the hostage has a lover who's a policeman, and after the hostage's daughter tracks them down the bank robber and policeman pose as lovers, thinking the daughter would be troubled by her father's being gay. Directed by Davide Ferrario, this 1998 comedy is entertaining enough and laudable in its defiance of stereotypes. It can also be simplistically manipulative, using cute fast motion or repeating a chant of “Africa, Africa” on the sound track as the men plot an escape to Egypt. 92 min.

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