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Boy's Cry - Film Review (Lavazza Italian Film Festival 2018)

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by Jonathon Tonkin (subscribe)
I'm a 26 year old male Senior Reporter for Weekend Notes. I Graduated from A Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing and Communication) at UniSA in 2014. As well as writing for WN I have also done pieces for the Adelaide 36s and Mawson Lakes Living.
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A magnificent showcase film for the Italian Film Fest 2018
Italy has long been known as a picturesque, romantic local. Full of history, culture and fascination. The streets of Rome are bleeding with mystical myths and stories of grandeur. All veils though cover grimy blemishes and through the holes, we see what we know to be true all over the world. No matter how pleasant and charming a facade may be, there are still people underneath it all. Human's with weaknesses, desires, passions and faults. As perfect as something may seem it is still made by imperfect people.

Boys Cry is a perfect allegory for this particular worldview. Set in bustling Rome, two young adults, Mirko and Manolo, study at a culinary college while delivering pizzas to support themselves. A single unforeseen event leads to their lives spiralling out of control as they deal with the murky corners of the Italian streets.

While talking about their dreams for the future. Mirko accidentally runs over a pedestrian, killing him. The two panic and speed off. Following the advice of Manolo's father, they decide to lay low and tell no one of what happened. When Manolo's father finds out that the person the killed was wanted by an Italian Mafia clan this starts the two friends on a dark path, where they become initiated into the Italian underworld, eventually becoming lackeys for the mob.

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The strength of this film is absolutely carried in its directing. It's as if directors, Damiano and Fabio D'Innocenzo were trying to flex their cinematography muscles as much as possible. The emotion and power of this film are captured in its placement of the camera, its cuts and the way it follows its characters. Most shots are done very close, to the point of ad nauseam as to encroach on the characters personal space. This brings a very human style to the film's approach. Bringing you right next to the characters as they manage these deep and intense moments of their young lives. The mood and tension are palpable. A bone-chilling sense that you are there, experiencing the downward spiral of Mirko and Manolo's humanity and are powerless to stop the slowly seeping corruption.

Boys Cry is a coming of age film with a dark twist. A fine example of how a chain of events can completely break people. Boys Cry is one of several amazing films which are being showcased as part of the Lavazza Italian Film Festival 2018. Opening Night is at the Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas on the 19th of September. Films will be shown at Eastend and Prospect from the 20th of September to the 14th of October. Click here for more info.
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Why? For great Italian cinema
When: 19 Sep - 14 Oct
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