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by Pupi Avati


Bologna, 1954. Taddeo, a young man of 18, dreams of coming one of the regulars of the mythical Margherita Café, found under the portico across from his family’s home. Through a ploy, he manages to become the chauffeur of Al, the neighbourhood’s most glamorous and mysterious resident. Having been taken under Al’s wing, Taddeo gets to witness the adventures of Bep, who is in love with Marcella the entraineuse, the trials and tribulations of Gian, an aspiring singer and the victim of a horrible practical joke, the crazy behaviour of Manuelo, a small-time robber with a phobia for sex, the meanness of Zanchi, inventor of the elastic necktie and the bizarre manias of Sarti, a ballroom dancing champion who wears his tux day and night. And Taddeo’s home life is no less out of the ordinary, seeing that his mother is being led on by the family physician, while his grandfather has fallen head over heels for a well-built piano teacher. In the end, Taddeo, whom everyone calls “Kid”, manages to gain acceptance as a regular at the Margherita Café.

international title: The Friends at the Margherita Café
original title: Gli amici del Bar Margherita
working title: Nel tepore del ballo
country: Italy
year: 2009
genre: fiction
directed by: Pupi Avati
release date: IT 03/04/2009
screenplay: Pupi Avati
cast: Laura Chiatti, Fabio De Luigi, Diego Abatantuono, Luigi Lo Cascio, Luisa Ranieri, Neri Marcorè, Pierpaolo Zizzi, Bob Messini
cinematography by: Pasquale Rachini
art director: Giuliano Pannuti
costumes designer: Steno Tonelli
music: Lucio Dalla
producer: Antonio Avati
production: Duea Film
distributor: 01 Distribution
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