The clearest demonstration of the enormous talent of Francesco Nuti
Can you imagine a more banal plot? She dumps him, he has a crisis. If the story is boiled down, that’s what Son contento basically adds up to. And yet, it is one of the most ingenious comedies of 1980s Italian cinema. Francesco Nuti takes the entire weight of the film onto his shoulders, moulds it in his image and likeness from the first frame until the last, and gives us what many consider to be his greatest cinematic performance. His character is an overflowing concentration of neurosis, weakness, irony, dejection, silence, monologues searching of the right words, melancholy, visionary flights, improvisations… We can label it comedy, we can label it cabaret, or we can simply label it the clearest demonstration of the enormous talent of Francesco Nuti.
A cabaret actor is dumped by his girlfriend and falls into a downward spiral that puts his artistic activities at risk. He manages to pull himself out of his torpor and returns to the stage with a show that wins the hearts of the public. But with success, will he also win back the girl?