Love and Bullets
Ammore e malavita
2017, Antonio Manetti and Marco Manetti, Italy, 134 min.
Serena Rossi, Giampaolo Morelli, Claudia Gerini
- Sun, Mar 17th 4:30pm
- Thu, Mar 21st 7:30pm
"It's lively enough and crazy enough to capture your heart...with its outrageous energy, serpentine plot, beautiful people, and just general chutzpah."--Sheila Seacroft, A Seat in the Dark
LOVE AND BULLETS dominated Italy's Oscar-equivalent Donatello awards, racking up 16 nominations and five wins (including Best Film). The Manetti Bros. both satirize and reinvigorate the recent vogue for films about the Naples-based Camorra crime organization by turning their gangland saga into a cheeky, action-packed musical, complete with singing corpses and songs belted out amid raging gunfire. After narrowly escaping assassination, a crime boss decides to fake his own death, and he sends his handsome hit man Ciro (Morelli) to rub out the hospital nurse Fatima (Rossi) who knows he's still alive. But love steps in when Ciro and Fatima recognize each other as childhood sweethearts, and their rekindled romance puts them in the crosshairs of a small army of Camorra gunmen. The clever and energetic musical numbers include a hospital-set reworking of Giorgio Moroder's FLASHDANCE anthem "What a Feeling" and a tour group's paean to the pleasures of being pickpocketed in the heart of the Camorra district ("the ultimate touristic experience"). In Italian and Neapolitan dialect with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. Courtesy of MHZ Networks. (MR)