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Citizens of the World (Lontano lontano)

By Stefan Pape, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Foul-mouthed retirees light up this warm Italian dramedy.

Movie NR 2020 92 minutes
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This is a really sweet, and tender comedy-drama, directed by Di Gregorio, who also plays the lead role, Il Professore, a professor who seeks paradise. There's a typically melancholic, conversational wit to the movie, true of the filmmaker's work, who has been labeled an Italian Larry David. Judging by this movie, it's a fair comparison. Il Professore always seems bemused, a laconic figure who represents the viewer in this gentle piece of cinema that thrives on its dialogue.

Mostly set in picturesque Roman cafes, the three leads sit outside; grumpy and fed-up, yet holding onto a dream of moving to a new country. It's hard to fathom why, since the Italian capital has been shot so beautifully, capturing a real sense of the vibrancy of Rome. But ultimately Citizens of the World is a movie enriched with nostalgia, with the characters getting a kick out of planning their escape. Yet question marks remain as to whether the trio even want to go at all, with most of the fun ultimately had in their conversations.

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