Renato Pozzetto at his most real and most authentic
Alongside him, the artists who made The Derby Club great
A bizarre metropolitan poem, an ode to the city of Milan
Making his directorial debut, Renato Pozzetto eventually gets the chance to give centre-stage to his hilarious streak of surreal comedy. The film also serves as a melancholic ode to the city of Milan, in the form of a strange metropolitan poem narrated in the company of friends: some of the actors who made The Derby Club (the Milanese club that revolutionised the Italian live scene) so unique and unforgettable. In addition to habitual comedy partner Cochi Ponzoni (co-screenwriter), Pozzetto also assembles a cast that includes Felice Andreasi, Teo Teocoli, Massimo Boldi, Diego Abatantuono, Giorgio Porcaro, Guido Nicheli and Ernst Thole. The story and screenplay are the work of some of the best talents that Milan has to offer: Enzo Jannacci (who also composed the score) and Beppe Viola, one of the finest Italian humorists and sports journalists. It isn’t a film from which one can expect easy comedy: you can go fishing in a swimming pool or have your car fixed by a child expert. It’s a deliberately scatter-brained tale and a triumph of nonsense and psychotic lightness. Also featuring the wonderful Mariangela Melato, one of Italian theatre’s greatest actresses, whose extraordinary talents cinema was never able to make the most of.
A street musician, who goes by the name “Sax” and is never without his instrument, meets a rich lady who is tired of the snobbish life she leads. The woman is fascinated by the scatterbrained and philosophising musician, however he doesn’t appear interested in starting a relationship. She burns bridges with her husband, but is left empty-handed when she discovers that Sax has a wife, four children and a butler.