Sotto…Sotto (1984)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5

Original title:  Sotto…Sotto…Strapazzato Da Anomala Passione

Italy, 1984.  Intercapital.  Screenplay by Lina Wertmuller, .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

In this rapid-fire comedy by Lina Wertmuller, a chauvinistic Italian carpenter is infuriated when his wife tells him that she’s in love with somebody else. His sense of masculine pride is wounded, and he goes on an obsessive rampage to discover the identity of his competitor. Little does he know what he’s in for when it turns out that she’s actually in love with another woman! Wertmuller makes some pretty incisive observations of conservative Catholic Italian society, but she doesn’t make them with the slightest attempt at subtlety, and this time her bluntness isn’t as enjoyable as it usually is. Eventually you’ll get tired of the shouting, and the lovers’ relationship should have run a little deeper than what feels like a mild infatuation. Explosive, but not passionate, filmmaking from such a great director.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s