New Italian Cinema Film Festival 2010: 18 Years Later – Review and Trailer

Director, Edoardo Leo‘s newest film, 18 Years Later (18 Anni Dopo) offers up as much laughs as it does tears.  The film, though masked in typical road trip scenarios (i.e., broken down car, hitchhiker, weird motel, etc.) is at its heart a cross-country cavalcade of emotional discourse.  Anger, jealousy, frustration, resentment… pick your emotion, this film has them all, and then some.

At the dying wish of their father, estranged brothers, Mirko (director, Edoardo Leo) and Genziano (Marco Bonini) must drive their father’s antique Morgan from Rome to Calabria (about 311 miles, that’s 500 Kilometers for all you Europeans out there) in order to place his ashes next to their mother’s grave.  I’m not sure of the car’s model year, but you can see here that with space between passenger and driver being very limited, the brothers would no doubt be forced into confronting the cause for their estrangement.

Seen as a comedy/drama (dramedy, if you will), I found the film to be quite enjoyable, if not often times confusing in its inability to successfully switch between the two genres.  The transitions of  ironic situational comedy amidst dramatic outbursts of passion filled discourse are not all that smooth.  However, the see-sawing between genres is perhaps the only fault in an otherwise decent entry to this year’s Italian Film Festival.

If you enjoy heavy-handed drama but aren’t looking to be depressed, I’d say go see this film.  If, on the other hand, you prefer being immersed in themes of regret and resentment without the more than occasional comic relief distractions, 18 Years Later might not be the film for you.

Showtimes for 18 Years Later:

Thursday, November 18, 2010 6:00pm @ One Embarcadero Center

Sunday, November 21, 2010 3:00pm @ One Embarcadero Center


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