Take it Easy (2011)

10 Sep


Continuing our coverage in the lead up to the 2013 Italian Film Festival, this week we take a look at noted screenwriter Francesco Bruni’s directorial debut Take it Easy (aka Scialla, Easy!).

Take it Easy tells the story of Bruno (Fabrizio Bentivoglio), a onetime professor who has squandered his talents and turned to tutoring to supplement the income he makes writing biographies; and Stefano (Stefano Brunori), a bright youth who ‘s bravado is preventing him from reaching his potential in school. Having tutored Stefano for some time without enthusiasm, Bruno is spurred into action when he learns he is Stefano’s father. Throw a dash of organized crime, and an amorous retired porn star into the mix, and Take it Easy has the makings of a wonderfully ridiculous comedy.

Steeped in the Italian tradition of subtle relationship films, Take it Easy is a gentle and enjoyable rollick. With heavier themes applied with only the lightest of hands, the film is true to title and makes for very easy viewing. Veteran actors Fabrizio Bentivoglio and Barbora Bobulova turn in impeccably nuanced performances making Take it Easy an undeniable highlight in this year’s programme.




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