I credit Luigi Lo Cascio for turning me on to Italian movies, but I should include an actress,
Sandra Ceccarelli, his co-star in the first Italian film I ever saw in an Italian theater, La Vita Che Vorrei.
I must have watched La Vita Che Vorrei a couple dozen times and it’s still one of my favorites. Sandra is perfect playing the self-serving actress, and the “love” story with Lo Cascio is romantic and disturbing all at once.
La Vita Che Vorrei was never distributed in the US but you can see Sandra in another film with Lo Cascio, Luce Dei Miei Occhi, and these days in L’Intrepido with Antonio Albanese.