A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Live your life. Love freely and honestly. Treat partners with respect.
Positive Role Models
Enea is ambitious and has high emotional intelligence. Pietro doesn't want his love or affection to be considered cheap or unvalued, and as a doctor, he treats his patients with care, no matter who they are. Supporting characters are loving and caring. They represent what good lifelong friendships can be.
All the characters are White Italian. The main characters are two queer bisexual and gay men. Women play supporting roles.
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Violence & Scariness
In a film being shot within the film, a woman implies that she can't go home because her partner will hurt her (domestic abuse). Also in this film within the film, a woman shoots two men in their chests (blood shown) with a gun, and they fall dead. In the film itself, people get chased down and beaten by riot police. A man rushes into a theater after being injured in the stomach. A man gets hit by a car.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Adults are shown many times fully naked, having sex, and romantically kissing. Men's penises are shown many times, but only after sex. A woman and a man lie naked after having sex (bare breasts, buttocks, and penis shown). Two men lick and suck jam off each other's fingers. A man goes into an adult movie theater, and there is an adult film playing, showing a man and a woman having sex (thrusting implied). Adults are shown a few times climaxing. A man moves to give another man oral sex (not shown). A man rhetorically asks a man, "how many d--ks have you sucked in the army?"
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Strong language includes infrequent use of "f--k," "f--king," "f--got," "s--t," "d--k," "a--hole," "ass," "bitch," "slut," and "jerk off."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults are shown very often smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol, like wine and liquor. Two men also snort cocaine in one scene.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Nuovo Olimpo is an Italian romantic drama about two men who meet early in their lives, have a strong connection, and quickly develop an intense love for one another. But after a protest and clash with police sends them on different paths, life takes over and they lose sight of one another. A brief scene of gun violence shows a woman shooting two men in their chests (blood and wounds shown), and another woman implies domestic violence at home. Another scene shows riot police chasing down and beating protestors and civilians. One is injured in the stomach and another, running away, gets hit by a car (breaking his arm). Plenty of scenes show romance, sex, and nudity. Adults are often shown fully naked, with penises and bare breasts shown. Adults romantically kiss, roll around on beds and couches, and embrace one another. A man goes into an adult movie theater with an adult film playing on the screen in the background. Two naked men lick and suck jam off each other's fingers. A man moves to begin giving another man oral sex (not shown). Adults are frequently shown smoking cigarettes and drinking wine and liquor. Two men also snort cocaine in one scene. Strong language includes somewhat infrequent use of "f--k," "f--king," "f--got," "s--t," "d--k," "a--hole," "ass," "bitch," "slut," and "jerk off." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The sumptuous 1970s aesthetic in the first third of the film is gorgeously shot. As the backdrop for Enea and Pietro's intense love affair in Nuovo Olimpo, this early period provides a perfect environment to represent the culture of cruising movie theaters for hookups in 1970s Italy, and it is endearingly and welcomely represented without unnecessary drama. The primary romance is also represented for what it was, both passionate and loving, and hopeful and searching. It's easy to imagine that Enea and Pietro could have had a wonderful life together.
While the film meanders a bit in the middle and final third, jumping from time frame to time frame, the inevitable resolution perhaps feels a bit anticlimactic by the time it rolls around. The character aging process also takes a bit of a hit in believability because they bounce from decade to decade probably too quickly, after a full third being devoted to the initial romance when they were young. The overall message is also perhaps a little too bittersweet, suggesting that many times in life, people end up with not who they ultimately want to be or should have been with.
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