Tiramisù: Can a semifreddo change your life?
by Vittoria Scarpa
- Fabio De Luigi makes his directorial debut with a comedy on an ordinary man’s rise to success. It’s appearing in cinemas along with the highly anticipated They Call Me Jeeg
Behind a great man, there is always a great woman, and this can even be the case for an ordinary man sometimes. Telling us so is actor and comedian Fabio De Luigi in his directorial debut Tiramisù [+see also:
film profile], a film he wrote and stars in which lands in theatres today. The film is a graceful, albeit slightly weak, film about the sudden rise to success of a man without any qualities, thanks to the culinary gifts of his beautiful and sweet wife. And it is around something sweet that the film’s story revolves: Antonio Moscati (Fabio De Luigi) is an unconvincing salesman of medical products, in particular dressings and plasters, who is snubbed by most doctors. He’s married to Aurora (Vittoria Puccini), a woman who’s strong and maternal, but most importantly, brilliant at making tiramisu. Antonio’s professional life starts to change when one day he accidentally leaves his wife’s delicious dessert in a doctor’s office. The tasty semifreddo opens doors for him, bringing him power. One by one, Antonio wins the doctors over through their stomachs, but can’t handle his unexpected success, risking losing his innocence and the most precious thing in his life: his wife.
“I found it fun to deconstruct the legend of success, to portray the arrogance of those who lose sight of what matters and how corruptible people are”, said De Luigi, who has starred in a number of successful comedies such as Maschi contro femmine [+see also:
film profile], La peggior settimana della mia vita [+see also:
film profile] and Si accettano miracoli [+see also:
film profile]. “But I didn’t want to make a protest film, in fact I portray the more wholesome side of society, like the good doctor played by Pippo Franco”. In supporting roles are two characters whose purpose is not entirely clear: Antonio’s brother-in-law Franco (the face of TV show Le iene, Angelo Duro, in his big-screen debut), a serial dater of models and forcibly cynical, and his depressed friend Marco (played by stand-up comedian Alberto Farina), the debt-ridden manager of a vintage wine bar. These two characters add little to the plot. The cast also features Giulia Bevilacqua in the role of Antonio’s attractive temptress of a colleague. An unoriginal directorial debut for Fabio De Luigi, the need for which wasn’t particularly felt, released today in 420 cinemas by Medusa, which also produced the film with Colorado Film.
Tiramisù is appearing in cinemas with another decidedly more interesting debut, that of Gabriele Mainetti, the highly anticipated They Call Me Jeeg [+see also:
interview: Gabriele Mainetti
film profile], starring Claudio Santamaria and Luca Marinelli, the phenomenon of the last Rome Film Fest which is due to be released this Thursday in 250 cinemas by Lucky Red.
(Translated from Italian)