A quirky, funny and tender film, with an R rating more for its raunchy themes than language or scenes. It tells the story of Fioravante (John Turturro), who becomes an unlikely gigolo bringing a smile back to into the eyes of some very world-weary women.
Sharon Stone plays against type as a nervous, sexually inexperienced dermatologist - 'I never went all the way in high school!' No longer noticed by her husband, and keen to expand her sexual horizons, she befriends Fioravante along with her somewhat more experienced best friend Selima, played with fabulous intensity by the very buxom Sofia Vergaras.
John Turturro: writer, director and star of Fading Gigolo
Add Johnny Depp's ex, Vanessa Paradis, as a lonely Hasidic widow; Liev Schreiber as the local Hasidic community patrolmen on the lookout for breaches of Hasidic law; and Woody Allen as Fioravante's 'pimp' and you have a funny, simple tale that beautifully resists the Hollywood formula.
Woody Allen's murky personal story can't help but bring controversy to this film...but, as they say, any publicity is good publicity, however sordid.
This is a modest, low-budget film written and directed by John Turturro, whose gentle demeanor is perfect for the lead. Turturro has a very welcome light touch as a director - a quirky tale at once raunchy and touching, funny sight gags, references and one liners. Look out for the very retro romantic vibe towards the end. The whole thing could have been cheesy and sleazy...somehow is very sweet.
Fading Gigolo is screening at Windsor Cinema and Cinema Paradiso from Thursday, May 1st 2014. Windsor Cinema is one of a handful of older Perth theatres in operation and a lovely contrast to the bigger cinema complexes. We swapped popcorn and a choc bomb for a great cheese platter with two glasses of delicious Brown Brothers red for $30. A good night out.