Produced, directed, written by Thomas Robsahm. Camera (color), Gaute Gunnari; editor, Helge Billing; music, Cardigans, Waterboys, others; production designer, Tommaso Bordone; costume designer, Gaia Zambelli. Reviewed at Haugesund Film Festival, Norway, Aug. 24, 1999. (Italian dialogue.) Running time: 96 MIN.
With: Gianmarco Tognazzi, Jacqueline Lustig, Kjersti Holmen, Ricky Memphis, Federica di Martino, Nazzarena Martellacci.
ANorwegian comedy shot in Italy with dialogue completely in Italian, “S.O.S.” both annoys and pleases. The story of a serial seducer who finally gets his comeuppance looks for a while like a celebration of male chauvinism until it suddenly takes a left turn. Brisk pacing, explicit eroticism and two appealing leads should make for equally appealing box office, especially in Italy and Norway.
Director Thomas Robsahm is the son of Italian actor Ugo Tognazzi, and pic’s lead, Gianmarco Tognazzi, is the helmer’s brother. He plays Angelo, a single guy who finds women in newspaper “reply with photo” lonely-hearts ads; after seducing and ditching each one, he keeps a record, rating them from looks to sexual abilities. One day, he answers the ad of Alba (Jacqueline Lustig), a beautiful young woman looking for true love. After their night together, she refuses to let Angelo go and handcuffs him to the bed. The stage is thus set for a chamber black comedy in which not everything turns out as expected.