Living It Up

Lightly likeable study of a marriage in decline, set against a backdrop of widespread unemployment and a shift from socialism to free market get-up-and-go. Bigagli's steelworker gets laid off, suffers poor health, and sees his hitherto faithful wife (the somewhat stunning Ferilli) have an affair with a smarmy local TV celeb. What's interesting is that she's viewed at least as sympathetically as the film's nominal hero; indeed, it's unfathomable why such a lively, intelligent, resourceful woman would be attracted to a lazy, depressive, self-pitying ugly mug like Bigagli in the first place. A minor but promising first feature.

By: GA

Release details

Duration: 97 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Paolo Virzi
Screenwriter: Francesco Bruni, Paolo Virzi
Cast: Claudio Bigagli
Sabrina Ferilli
Massimo Ghini
Giorgio Algranti
Emanuele Barresi
Paola Tiziana Cruciani
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