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Put Nonna in the Freezer - Film Review (Lavazza Italian Film Festival 2018)

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by Olga Junek (subscribe)
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Italian laughs all the way

The Lavazza Italian Film Festival is back again with an even larger line-up of films, especially comedies. Put Nonna in the freezer is one of these and you know from the title that a grandmother is involved.

Besides Nonna, the main cast includes her granddaughter, Claudia, an art restorer, and Simone, an overzealous, workaholic Guarda di Finanza inspector. Simone and his team of inspectors specialise in impersonating various groups of people in order to catch those who try to cheat the tax office and thereby the Italian government. And yes, Nonna has been put in the freezer, which is really where this somewhat farcical, yet very funny film really begins. A solution to a money problem turns out to be a much bigger problem as the film progresses. Claudia's two employees join her in this predicament, although sometimes you wonder about the help these two actually provide.

There is a love story woven through this and above all everything about this film is very Italian, sometimes over the top, often farcical but mainly full of fun and laughter. Whilst most things can't be taken too seriously, the presence of the Guardia di Finanza, the fear it instils in Italian business operators and the now ubiquitous receipt regime that happens every time you walk into a cafe reflect on how things have changed in Italy to some degree.

The ending is as you would expect from a light-hearted film such as this, but there is an unexpected twist. Go and see it if you like a good laugh and all things Italian, it will make you smile and feel-good and is not to be taken too seriously despite its title.

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Great and fast-paced review.
by Lloyd Marken (score: 1|41) 910 days ago
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