Different From Whom


(out of 5)

Original title:  Diverso Da Chi?

Handsome plays a young politician making waves in his Italian city by being out of the closet while running for office. When his centrist party’s candidate dies at the very moment that he wins the primary race for the city’s mayor, Argentero is pushed to the front of the line and given, as his deputy mayor, a conservative terror of a woman () who espouses “family values” in opposition to his “progressive” ideas. It isn’t long before these two are viciously butting heads, but give them an afternoon of shopping together and they become best friends, so what do we do when they find themselves alone one evening with a bottle of Campari Orange and discover they have even more between them than just politics? This delightful comedy is surface material that isn’t as clever or witty as it should be, but it is perfectly enjoyable to watch and the performances are outstanding. Argentero couldn’t possibly be more fetching, while Gerini is excellent as the conflicted woman whose conservative politics are a reflection not of her beliefs but of the insecurity that results from her life not working out the way she’d hoped; of course, that kind of simple delineation of a character’s political stance is one of the reasons why the film is fun without being particularly intelligent, but watch it anyway, you’ll have a good time.

Cattleya, Universal Pictures, Friuli Venezia Giulia Film Commission, R.T.I.

Italy, 2009

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