2012 Florida Film Festival
The 2012 Florida Film Festival's brightest star is Central Florida itself. Are we ready for our close-up?
Published: April 12, 2012
Dead Dad – Visit orlandoweekly.com for our review. (9:15 p.m. at Enzian Theater)
The Salt of Life (3 Stars) For his second film (and second FFF outing), writer-director-star Gianni Di Gregorio once again plays a man named Gianni with a mother played by the show-stealing Valeria De Franciscis Bendoni. This film is more stripped-down than 2008's Mid-August Lunch, and more of a bummer, as Di Gregorio plays Gianni, a 60-something retiree surrounded by beautiful women and ignored by them all. His wife sleeps in a different room; his daughter runs out the door in the morning, but not before eating Gianni's breakfast and unloading her layabout boyfriend on him. His flirty downstairs neighbor only gives him the time of day because he walks her dog, and his 90-something mother provides him a pension while she flushes her considerable estate – his inheritance – down the drain. One day, his best friend, Alfonso, suggests he take a mistress like (according to him) the rest of the male Italian world has. Easier said than done. The Salt of Life is a frank and amusing rumination on not only aging but the exclusionary relationship between tired, old men like Gianni and the nubile young women who, one would think watching virtually any Italian film, flood the streets of Rome. In reality, Gianni is invisible, and as auteur, he offers no easy solutions, or easy laughs. A couple of broad setups may elicit a smile, but the film plods as haplessly as its main character and turns sour fairly quickly. – JS (4:30 p.m. at Regal Winter Park)
The Lady – Visit orlandoweekly.com for our review. (7 p.m. at Regal Winter Park)
Clown (3 Stars)The clean synopsis of this raunchy Danish film is that two buddies, Frank and Caspar, reluctantly take Bo, Frank's 12-year-old nephew, along on a guys-weekend canoe trip and hilarity ensues. The not-so-clean version: Frank kidnaps Bo to go on Caspar's so-called “Tour de Pussy,” an annual canoe trip to a massive brothel in the countryside. Frank takes the kid in a weak attempt to convince his pregnant girlfriend that she should not abort their baby because she thinks he's too immature to be a father. Bo's got a small pecker, which becomes a focal point in several scenes in the movie, Caspar swings both ways (much to the surprise of his girlfriend) and no, not everyone likes pearl necklaces or a finger up the ass. Believe it or not, this movie is based on a popular Danish sitcom. – ES (8 p.m. at Regal Winter Park)
Your Sister's Sister (4 Stars) Writer-director Lynn Shelton has an awful lot to live up to after her Sundance and Spirit Award-winning Humpday, a wonderful spin on the bromantic comedy. It's back to the Pacific Northwest for the follow-up, Your Sister's Sister, a counterintuitive love story starring Emily Blunt and Mark Duplass. The film meanders a bit in the opening, taking an awfully long time to unfold, but once the characters unwittingly spill their secrets, the story hits a steady groove that so many indie films seem to fail at lately. It may not exactly live up to Humpday, which hit every right note, but it certainly wows us in the end. – RB (7 p.m. at Enzian Theater)