Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
Original title: Sotto…Sotto…Strapazzato Da Anomala Passione
Italy, 1984. Intercapital. Screenplay by Lina Wertmuller, Enrico Oldoini. Cinematography by Dante Spinotti. Produced by Mario Cecchi Gori, Vittorio Cecchi Gori. Music by Paolo Conte. Production Design by Gianni Giovagnoni, Enrico Job. Costume Design by Christiana Lafayette. Film Editing by Luigi Zitta.
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.