Marchioni is a businessman forced into a life of crime on the road in Sulla strada di casa
Three weeks after the cinema release of Giuliano Montaldo’s L'industriale [+see also:
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Alberto (Vinicio Marchioni) is a small businessman from the region of Liguria, who is married with children, honest and leads an apparently peaceful life. In reality, in order to save his struggling business and unbeknownst to his wife (Donatella Finocchiaro), he is working as a courier for a powerful criminal organization: he collects illegal goods in Reggio Calabria and delivers it to the underworld of the North. One day, before one of his trips, another group of criminals takes his family into hostage and asks for the goods to be delivered to them. And that is how a normal man finds himself trapped in a situation bigger than him.
As if this weren’t enough, once he reaches Calabria, Alberto discovers that the delivery has inexplicably been assigned to another person (Daniele Liotti). A mysterious man, whom Alberto will hunt down to recover the goods, and who will turn out to be a poor man just like him, with his own set of failures and frustrations, a son and a wife from who he is separated (Claudia Pandolfi).
"The film was born from newspaper articles about the habit of criminals of using couriers with no previous convictions, normal people with money problems", the director explains, "so I wanted to portray two people who have to choose whether or not to respect their principles and their own identity". The result is a thriller which brings together dramatic human stories and rests on the protagonists’ intense performance, which is realistic and gripping, even if with some gaps in the plot (what happens, for example, to the three gunmen who are keeping Alberto’s family under hostage?).
After having toured various international festivals and having won the Special Prize of the Jury at the Annecy Cinéma Italien 2011, and produced by Marvin Film, Sulla strada di casa will be distributed in Italian cinemas on February 3 by Iris Film in about 20 copies.
(Translated from Italian)
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