The characters from Poveri ma belli return, still trying their best to sort their lives out
The infallible hand of Dino Risi gives us a fresh, lively and slightly melancholic portrait of an era and its good-looking youth
The second chapter of the trilogy that started with the triumphant Poveri ma belli and will end with Poveri milionari, Belle ma povere is the story of a rite of passage: the young men, who once lived carefree lives dedicated to chasing girls, now have to start to face up to responsibility. Finding a job, for instance, or perhaps even getting married. The reappearance of the beautiful Marisa Alassio brings back feelings that have not completely gone away. Maybe they never will, but the boys have to find a way to deal with them. Povere ma belle is a light-hearted film with just a hint of melancholy, a romantic comedy with a small black cloud on the horizon. The cast is fantastic and the pacing wonderful. It should be savoured like a glass of good white wine, taking in the freshness with every sip.
Romolo and Salvatore are going out with each other’s sisters, Anna Maria and Marisa respectively. The girls can’t wait to walk down the aisle, but the boys are busy looking for work. Their friendship is challenged when Giovanna, a girl they both previously had a crush on, comes back into their lives. A series of adventures ensue, but the double wedding goes ahead in the end.