New Italian Cinema Film Festival 2010: Raise Your Head – Review and Trailer

Judging by the premise of Alessandro Angelini‘s newest film, anyone, myself included, drawn to either boxing or father-son dramas should immediately like Raise Your Head (Alza la Testa).

The first half of the film focuses on a single father’s devotion for his son and the lengths to which he will go in order to see him succeed as a boxer.  The son’s struggle to live up to his father’s expectations as a champion and be a normal teen inevitably put a strain on their relationship.  Aided with some great acting all around, the first half of Raise Your Head made for some very intriguing drama, and then, after a huge turn of events, the drama implodes on itself with a crash and we are left wandering amongst the wreckage throughout the second half of the film.

The second half of the film is difficult to summarize without getting into some pretty big spoilers, so let’s just say it’s spent watching the father try to recapture his son’s heart.  Some ridiculous turns involving a transsexual, a swimmer, and the kid-napping of a hospital baby in order to bring someone out of a coma all transpire in a unnecessarily convoluted path to reach the film’s conclusion.  This film could have been taken far more seriously had the filmmakers just kept it simple like they did in the first half.

It is due to the strong first-half that I can overlook the ridiculous latter part of the film leading to its satisfactory conclusion and say that Raise Your Head is still a better than average film.  Don’t show up late to this one or you will miss the best parts.


Showtimes for Raise Your Head:

Wednesday, November 17, 2010 8:45pm @ One Embarcadero Center

Friday, November 19, 2010 6:30pm @ One Embarcadero Center


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