One of the most joyful and intelligent Italian comedies of the 1980s
Steno directs with the steady hand of a veteran and all the freshness of a young man
Widely considered one of the best Italian comedies of the 1980s, Mani di fata is proof that even during that decade it was possible to have fun without intelligence being an optional extra. Avoiding ever getting bogged down in elaborated social discourses, the film gracefully recounts a situation that leads to a variety of crises. Starting out with a marital crisis and a work-related crisis, it then, more importantly, proceeds to take a look at the preconceived ideas surrounding the roles played by men and women in society. It features Renato Pozzetto at his very best, with Eleonora Giorgi his equal. Steno, who directed his first film 35 years earlier, here demonstrates all the skill of a veteran combined with the spirit of a young man.
The life of engineer Ferrini is thrown into turmoil when he is fired. On the other hand, his wife is promoted. The roles are reversed. In his attempts to hide his tragic work situation, he throws himself into doing housework and agrees to work as a maid for a countess.