paradiso

July 31, 2020

This moving film, directed by Jan Vrhovnik and shot on Italy’s Mediterranean coast, is steeped in nostalgia. We meet Giovanni Mancusou, a simple Calabrian man, and travel around in his Fiat Panda as he picks up fresh fish from the local port, and tomatoes off the vegetable truck. He sings and smokes, swats flies and shells beans in his hillside home. “I wish you’d appreciate the small things which we take for granted,” he says. “Because they are small, we may don’t see them. So, if you don’t see them, we are not going to appreciate it.” The film ends with a simple, yet beautiful al fresco dinner –– with five friends eating pasta, tomatoes, sausages and olives at sunset.

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