Eugenio (15)

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Time Out says

Tue Aug 9 2005

Released to some acclaim in Italy in 2002, this sentimental drama finally arrives on these shores to serve a season of Italian films at the Riverside Studios and does nothing to reverse the current negative view of Italian cinema. Eugenio (Giancarlo Giannini) is a middle-aged man with Down’s syndrome whose self-sufficiency amazes his friends and family. Not only does he cook for himself and keep a clean house, but he even volunteers at a local hospital! What a hero! And disabled too! Surprise, surprise: it’s Eugenio who has something to teach us all about life… Eugenio strikes up a friendship with a mute young woman, Laura (Chiara de Bonis), who is recovering from a serious car accident and who, thanks to various script convolutions, finally allows Eugenio to reconnect with a love from his childhood. Copious flashbacks and whimsical music drive along this soppy affair, and Giannini roots his performance in a demented Cheshire grin through which you expect him to mouth the words ‘Give me a gong’ (and, lo, the Italians did just that). For chronic melancholics and serial Kleenex-abusers only.
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15

UK release:

Fri Aug 12, 2005

Duration:

90 mins

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