Parents' Guide to

The Last Paradiso

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Soapy Italian romantic drama has language, sex, violence.

Movie NR 2021 107 minutes
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Based on 1 parent review

age 15+

Southern Italian 1950’s based drama

Best watched in Italian with English subtitles to experience (some poor translation into English which doesn’t help grasp nuances and meaning) some of what was intended by the director. The context of suppressed inherited generational traumas, patriarchal honour, communal hierarchies of power and complex inter-family stories is honest, sobering and probably quite typical of the era and location, I didn’t find this observational drama bad at all…

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This movie is a puzzler and isn't the lovely romance that the movie poster promises. Instead, we are invited into the dismal lives of olive harvesters who live off the Italian land and are brutally oppressed by the local mogul who fixes prices and keeps the people down. The Last Paradiso takes us to a place where families have lived together forever, where feuds and secrets fester. Apart from that setup, it's hard to say what point this is supposed to make or why we are supposed to care. Ciccio is a thoughtless, fast-talking philanderer who betrays his wife and makes grand promises to the townspeople about rising up against financial oppression, but he actually does nothing except put the woman he loves in danger and make his wife unhappy. In short, he's a selfish, impulsive jerk.

When something bad happens to him, it's difficult to be surprised, and doubly difficult not to see that he brought his sordid fate on himself. The plot twist at the halfway mark clarifies nothing; in fact, it only adds to the fuzziness. Those looking to get lost in a gorgeous Italian romance should look elsewhere.

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