Santa Maradona

A slacker film paradoxically spilling over with vitality, Marco Ponti's debut feature (2001) unfolds in that never-never land between adolescence and maturity. Two young literati share jokes, philosophies, and a bare-bones apartment: Andrea (Stefano Accorsi), donning suit and tie, races to surreal, wonderfully deadpan job interviews for positions at businesses he despises, while Bart (Libero De Rienzo) lies around all day, occasionally “writing” literary reviews by copying them off the Internet. The film's frequent ellipses, zip pans, and circular constructs convey a life improvised from moment to moment. When Andrea falls for a woman, she almost nudges him into adulthood—luckily her confession of retroactive infidelity gives him the excuse he needs to avoid rushing headlong into responsibility. In Italian with subtitles. 96 min.

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