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MAMBO ITALIANO

(2003)
92 mins | Comedy | Discrimination | Family & Family Relationships | LGBT |
Provincial Ratings
NewfoundlandNR
Nova Scotia14A
P.E.I.14A
New Brunswick14A
QuebecG
Ontario14A
Manitoba14A
SaskatchewanNR
Alberta14A
British ColumbiaNR
Northwest Territories14A
Nunavut14A
YukonNR

Director: Émile Gaudreault

Writer(s): Steve Galluccio, Émile Gaudreault

Star(s): Luke Kirby, Ginette Reno, Paul Sorvino, Mary Walsh

Synopsis:

A rollicking comedy that takes place in a colourful version of Montreal’s Petite Italie, Mambo Italiano is the tale of Angelo Barbarini (Kirby), the son of Italian-Canadian immigrants, who has been teased all his life for being “different.”

At nearly 30 years of age, Angelo shocks his parents — and the entire community — by brazenly defying tradition: He moves out to live his own life despite not being married. Free at last, he falls in love with his long-lost childhood chum, Nino, and the two move in together. They try to keep their sexuality a secret, while their families worry, suspect and scheme to set them up with nice Italian girls. It’s not easy being Italian and gay, and when the pressures of his double life begin to overwhelm Angelo, his reactions set off an explosively funny chain of surprise revelations, comic reversals and unexpected outcomes.

Mambo Italiano was nominated for six Canadian Comedy Awards.


    About the Director

    Émile Gaudreault

    Gaudreault co-wrote Louis 19, le roi des ondes, which Ron Howard adapted into EDtv. Gaudreault also directed and co-wrote Mambo Italiano,  Le vrai du faux, Le sens de l’humour and De père en flic — the highest-grossing French-language film in Canadian history. He also wrote and directed the sequel, De père en flic 2.

     

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    Lesson Plans Available for this title:
    • Social Science - 11, 12

    Screening Language Options:
    • English Language with French Subtitles
    • English Language with French Dubbing

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