Ferzan Özpetek, Italy, 2010, 110 min.
(Original Italian Version; French Subtitles)
Tommaso thinks he has the perfect way to liberate himself from heterosexuality and co-inheriting his family’s pasta factory: tell his father he’s gay. Little does he know that someone else will beat him to the punch in Ferzan Özpetek’s dissection of family, love, and personal freedom. Though Nonna, the matriarch of the Cantone clan advises her relations to follow their own dreams, most of them feel beholden to the family’s business and reputation. So Tommaso’s Aunt Luciana drinks to forget a romance gone awry, mum Stefania tolerates her husband’s affairs, and Tommaso himself frets over what to do when his boyfriend Marco arrives in Puglia with some friends from Rome. Mine Vaganti has a lively script peppered with plot twists that mixes poetry with the prosaic in the grand tradition of commedia all'italiana. Gently satirizing this large bourgeois family while creating a memorable panoply of characters, Özpetek has made a film full of humour and heart.