14 December 2016 | t-dooley-69-386916
Superb Italian Film of growing Up Coming Out and Falling in Love
Set in a provincial Italian school where a teenage boy has just been adopted by progressive thinking parents. They need to be as this is Lorenzo and he is 'as gay as Bloomingdales at Christmas' (I nicked that from 'Will and Grace'). Once there he meets Blu who is the offspring of hippy type parents and whose good name is besmirched as a result of a 'full on party gal' reputation.
They are outcast and everyone hates them. There is also the dashingly good looking and painfully unaware Antonio, he is great at basketball and so is tolerated but as he spends so much time with the ghost of his dead brother, he is not seen as 'cool kid' material. They soon form up as three friends and set about righting a few wrongs. Thing is it does not take much to break the fragile and fledgling new found friendship.
Now this is just brilliant. I loved it from the start, there are dance routines, there is animation, there are fabulous outfits, there is humour, pathos and it is all wrapped up in great acting, a powerful yet simple story and a moving narrative. This like Lorenzo deserves a lot more attention and for fans of LGBT cinema there is much here to admire, but moreover it is a simple story of love, longing, friendship, fear and truth – simply can not recommend enough and now my gush is over.