A highly original work that takes a look at emigration and solidarity
A fantastically nuanced performance from Nino Manfredi, which will make you laugh and cry
Inspired by real-life events, Spaghetti House takes an original look at the theme of emigration, which is also at the centre of another great film starring Nino Manfredi, Pane e cioccolata, albeit from a distinctively different angle. The tone of this film is altogether more heart-warming and moving, with a sense of solidarity uniting uprooted people of different origins. It is one of the films that Manfredi, who also co-scripted the work, most cared about, and he gives a fantastically nuanced performance, ranging from ironic to affectionate to tragic. Critic Roberto Silvestri writes: “It is a highly emotional film, you will laugh a lot and you will cry a lot.”
Domenico, an Italian waiter in London, dreams of going into business with some compatriots and opening his own restaurant. However, the same evening that they are finalising the agreement, an armed group identifying themselves as members of the Black Liberation Front break into the restaurant. Domenico and his business partners are held hostage. During negotiations with the police, who are ready to use the strong hand of the law, a relationship built on understanding and solidarity develops between the kidnappers and the hostages.