One of the craziest films in Italian cinema, a prophetic work that will astonish you
Liquirizia is a crazy film: all over the place, vulgar, absurd, genius, anarchic, wild. And fun. At the time, some saw it as a senseless mess. Today it is considered a prophetic film, a portrait of the coming decade, and well ahead its time. Everything is fair game: sex, politics, religion, art and education. Christian De Sica is tormented by the ghost of his father, Ricky Gianco and Fabio Concato sing zany songs, Carmen Russo shows her… talent, future writer Susanna Tamaro plays pinball, future TV presenter Giancarlo Magalli plays a gold-covered bodybuilder. The list goes on, and there’s no real common thread. Liquirizia is not so much a story, as a film that wants you to give yourself over to insanity.
In a small town near Venice, the students of two different high schools challenge each other to put on a theatrical show at the end of the school year. The result is a disastrous success.