Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

LET'S MAMBO!

Year: 1999
Country: Italy
Run Time: 96 minutes

Mambo King Lucio Pellegrini plays a song of lunacy. If a "Pokemon" cartoon could induce epileptic seizures in small children, imagine the neural pathways fried by Pellegrini's Italian-flavored variation on Blake Edward's "Micki & Maude." LET'S MAMBO! is a frenetic bedroom farce about 30-year-old executive Ruben Rastelli, bored in his bourgeois marriage, fatherhood, and supervisory job at a tile factory. Then a bank accidentally deposits a fortune in his little daughter's account. All that lire could buy a dream house for Ruben's spouse Lisa. A new car. A family vacation. But he rents a new life instead, telling Lisa he's earning a bonus to work part-time on a special factory project in Bologna. In fact, the straying husband is enjoying the Bolognese nightlife on weekends and starts dating sexy young Antonia, a notably bad painter living la vie boheme amidst the bars and art schools. Step by step, Ruben's adulterous dance gets more frantic and complicated as he falsifies a second identity to move in, sort of, with Antonia and promotes himself to a second job of full-time two-timing. Is Ruben's bigamous adventure the best of all possible worlds? Or just twice the strain, double the distress that got him into this extramarital mambo in the first place? (In Italian with English subtitles.)

Screenplay
Fabio Bonifaci, Lucio Pellegrini.

Director
Lucio Pellegrini

Producer
Beppe Cachetto.

Cinematography
Fabio Cianchetti.

Editing
Paolo Marzoni.

Principal Cast
Luca Bizzarri, Paolo Kessisoglu, Luciana Littizzetto, Maddelena Massi, Gigio Alberti, Cosima Coccheri.

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