The movie Dillo Con Parole Mie,which means “Say it with my words” but was released in the US as “Ginger and Cinnamon”, is a coming of age movie. I usually hate coming of age movies, but this one is different. In most coming of age movies (and I have to stop saying, “coming of age movies” because even the phrase sounds lame), the characters grow a little and “acting their age” means developing maturity. In this movie, it means just the opposite – these characters need to remember their youth and stop acting older than they really are. Stefania (played by Stefania Montorsi) needs to stop acting like an old woman, and Megghy ( Marina Merlino ), who’s only 14, needs to stop obsessing about her virginity. Megghy, who has always been been told that she is seems older than she is, uses it as an insult when she tries to get her aunt to stop being so “anal”. “You’re the one who seems older than she really is”, she tells her aunt.
There’s a silly plot about Megghy getting a big crush on Stefania’s ex-boyfriend ( Giampaolo Morelli from L’uomo Perfetto ) and neither of them realizing it’s the same person, and OK, that’s not exactly realism, but neither is the big romantic song and dance number at the end of the movie. That’s what I like about it.
Not every movie has to teach me a lesson but if I’m expected to enjoy it I have to believe something about the characters. Every movie, no matter how whimsical or fantastic has to have something that rings true and this one does. Maybe it’s a stretch, everything that happened to Megghy and Stefania (on a Greek Island, nonetheless), but the relationship between the girl and her aunt seems real.
Stephania to Megghy: