Notte prima degli Esami
(Night before the Finals), 2006
Director by Fausto Brizzi
Giorgio Faletti, Cristiana Capotondi, Nicolas Vaporidis, Sarah Maestri
Category Comedy - color, 100 minutes
Production: Italy, 2006.
The film is set in an Italian high school in the late 80s. It
is the summer of 1989 and Luca (Nicolas Vaporidis) and his mates are about to leave high school, as long as they pass their exams! Fully expecting never again of having to put up with his horrid literature teacher,
Antonio Martinelli, Luca decides to tell him exactly what he thinks of him. But Professor Martinelli informs Luca that, owing to a colleague's illness, he will now be in
charge of the exams. Oh dear... Luca's social life isn't much better, although his friends are what matters to him. One night, at a party, Luca meets the girl of his
dreams, Claudia (Cristiana Capotondi), but before he can get her phone number, she is whisked away by her thuggish boyfriend Cesare (Marco Aceti). But Luca and Claudia will meet again, in a totally unpredictable way.
This movie is perfect! It's not a masterpiece, of course, but it was never supposed to be. It's a simple movie
about teenagers, about high-school, about growing up. But it perfectly catches the atmosphere of the late 80s! It's nice and funny, without ever being banal (which often happens in this kind of movies).
The young actors created characters that are real and not just a stereotype! It's like the Italian "Breakfast Club"! Watching this movie, it was like going back in time of 20 years:
the music, the haircut, the clothes, the cars... and good images of Rome. That's why I would recommend it also to not-Italian people, because this movie gives a realistic idea of
how was living in Italy in the "Duran-Duran era"! ;).