Much of the running time is devoted to a briskly choreographed series of crossed wires that threatens to keep the pair apart. When they finally do get together, their romantic idyll hits a bump with the unexpected arrival of Eby’s territorial Torino girl (Jennifer Bola Akinemi). While this is going on, a second story tracks another young woman’s journey of hope from her poor Nigerian village to Italy, where the threat of exploitation awaits her, disguised as a hospitable welcome.
The comedy generally is well handled, with the characters’ flexible notion of time amusingly played off against the frustrations of the group’s one Italian (Luca Laurenti). What lifts the material above its weaknesses is the feeling that while the writer-directors are not exactly part of the community they are portraying, nor are they complete outsiders; they bring sincerity to their observations about being aliens in a country still relatively unprepared to deal with immigration.
The sometimes amateurish acting is highlighted by the apparent unnaturalness of speaking pidgin Italian. While the logical choice would have been to shoot with more authentic Anglo-African dialogue, this was impossible given the Italian TV financing. Attempts to introduce some musicvideo-style visuals via editing and camerawork are inconsistent, but the soundtrack of tunes by Italian hip-hop acts keeps things moving.