When the inept impresario (Alessandro Haber) behind a traveling band of Spanish hoofers bungles their accommodation and tour bookings, the Quarinis agree to put them up. During their three-day stay, the dancers cast a spell on the family, in particular Levante, who falls for willowy Caterina (Lorena Forteza).
The buoyant opening stretch affectionately conveys the routine nature of village life, introducing an engaging ensemble of characters that recalls those of other Tuscan comedy exponents like Alessandro Benvenuti. This segues to the whiff of sensuality that blows into town with the flamenco troupe. But Pieraccioni and co-scripter Giovanni Veronesi fail to make the most of the setup, contenting themselves with creating romantic havoc among isolated characters rather than the cyclonic devastation promised by the title.
Despite a lack of steam in the increasingly predictable latter half, with Levante followowing Caterina to Florence to navigate the obstacle-strewn path to their inevitable union, the film remains on-track thanks to its spirited, attractive cast.
Pieraccioni’s direction of the actors could be more purposeful, but smart performers like Ceccherini, Enrichi and Paolo Hendel as the town’s skirt-chasing mechanic are fresh and funny as they go with the material’s good-natured vulgarity. Veteran director Mario Monicelli is featured as the voice of the Quarinis’ sprightly old neighbor.