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Boys Cry - Film Review (Lavazza Italian Film Festival 2018)

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by Rhiannon Bristow-Stagg (subscribe)
Freelance writer and photographer with an interest in science communication. Always looking for new experiences and discoveries!
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Life and grit on the outskirts of Rome
Capturing the grit and desperation of life on the outskirts of Rome, Boys Cry is the debut film by Damiano and Fabio D'Innocenzo.

While driving the streets at night, friends Mirko and Manolo are involved in a hit and run that changes the course of their lives. Circumstance plus some bad advice bring them into the orbit of the mafia and a new life as callous killers. It also brings them the money they desperately crave.

The boys barely blink in the face of death and show no regard for women. Only Mirko shows the occasional glimmer of a soft side, a vague awareness of the impact his actions have on his hard-working mother and an occasional compulsion to help. While the acting is superb, it's just hard to get close to Mirko and Manolo.

Boys Cry is mostly slow-moving, with bouts of suspense and action. It tells the well-worn story of suburban crime that ends badly, albeit shot beautifully. It's realism at every step, with no glamour and no doubt that crime is a path to misery.

Boys Cry was winner of Best First Film at the 2018 Nastri d'Argento Awards and is part of the great line up at the Lavazza Italian Film Festival 2018. The Festival's Perth run is from Thursday 27 September to Wednesday 17 October at Cinema Paradiso Northbridge and Luna on SX Fremantle. Opening Night will be held at both Paradiso and Luna on SX, with Loro showing. Visit the festival website for information on the schedule and opening event.

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Why? The best Italian films from the last 12 months
Where: Cinema Paradiso & Luna on SX
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