Sunday, February 4, 2018

Let Yourself Go (Lasciati Andare) - Victoria Film Festival 2018

Chris Cook's review of 

Let Yourself Go (Lasciati Andare)
Francesco Amato
Italy 2017 (subtitles)

Let Yourself Go to Francesco Amato's breezy film of the same name. Its final screening at this year's Victoria Film Festival is 4pm Friday, Feb. 9th at The Vic theatre downtown.

Amato pays homage to La Grande Bellezza, and the Romans making it grande, in this throwback to the heyday of Italy's Commedia All'Italiana. Though the modern incarnation lacks the style and raw sex appeal of Marcello, Gina, and Sophia (and who could hope to match that!) Let Yourself Go does capture the essential spirit of the genre audiences on both sides of the Atlantic found irresistible.

As with the films of Monicelli, Ettore Scola and the rest of the Commedia retinue, Francesco Amato includes just enough real world grit and honest pathos to make the film funny, without being silly.

So go ahead and laugh out loud with Let Yourself Go.

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