87 minutes, Italian Comedy with English Subtitles, PG
A comedy from the Catholic capital of the world, about God. Might not sound like a laughing matter to most, but just hold that thought for a moment! GOD WILLING is not the gospel sermon written by the Vatican one may rightly assume, nor is it the Italian Monty Python! No, Italy’s #1 smash-hit comedy at the 2015 Lavazza Italian Film Festival, is a crowd-pleasing winner that puts its money where its heart is. Andrea (Enrico Oetiker) has a secret, and can barely wait to reveal it to his family. He has decided to become a Priest. His Father, played by Marco Giallini, is a highly regarded surgeon. Oh, and an atheist, who will stop at nothing to make his son reconsider his chosen profession.
Winner of the Best New Director award at the Italian Oscars for debut filmmaker Edoardo Maria Falcone, GOD WILLING often looks set to walk down a rather familiar path. But GOD WILLING works in mysterious ways, and works best when doing so! This delightfully funny movie certainly has a few tricks up its sleeve that not only outlast the end credits, but are also quite impacting in their own way too. Execution and development of the trajectories of lead characters and the main plot are cleverly handled, absolving the film of its sins in sub-plotting and where it is too contrived. An energetic, yet well-controlled lead performance by Marco Giallini leads the way in this good-natured comedy, where the things we aren’t shown are just as impressionable and meaningful as those we do witness.
3.5 out of 5
Footnote to Parents
Will be classified PG and contains mild language, sexual references and sensuality.
Moviedoc wishes to thank Paige from Palace Films and Palace Films for the invitation to the screening of GOD WILLING.
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