Why isn’t everyone as obsessed with these movies as I am?


Tu La Conosci Claudi (Do You Know Claudia?) with Paola Cortellesi and Aldo, Giovanni and Giacomo

Beginning with Claudia’s voiceover searching to explain why she married Giovanni (Storti) in the first place, she appears to be reading our minds. I mean, look at them, wearing the surprise gift that Giovanni has brought home for his wife “The Relaxomatic. What’s wrong with this picture?


L’Uomo Perfetto (The Perfect Man) with Francesca Inaudi, Riccardo Scamarcio, Gabriella Pession and

It’s a stupid plot in the way that plots are stupid in many comedies but it’s got a lot that rings true. Maria was that girlfriend in high school that everyone had – the one all the boys liked, and no guy you liked was safe around her. She’s the one that no matter where you went, how great you looked, or how much the guy seemed into you in Algebra class – he’d be making out with her by the end of the night. But Maria and Lucia had been best friends since childhood and really did love each other. They just had the one problem – Maria got engaged to the only man that Lucia ever loved.

“It’s strange, you spend your life following a dream and then you realize that your happy island was a step away, that all you needed was to reach out your hand to feel the wave touching the shore and your heart saying: we’re here! I’m finally here, and from now on it’s another story”.


Pane e Tulipani (Bread and Tulips) stars Licia Maglietta, Bruno Ganz, Giuseppe Battiston and Marina Massironi.

I love watching movies about young people falling in love – I do it all the time. But it means so much more to me in Pane e Tulipani because the couple is my age and because they aren’t Hollywood glamorous. Licia Maglietta is gorgeous, don’t get me wrong, but she was 47 when she made the movie and she’s not trying to look anything different. Fernando, the man she meets on her adventure is extremely ordinary looking and much older – she fell for his kindness, his romantic gestures, and the way he looked at her, not for his looks.