Review: ‘You Must Be The Wolf’

Novice helmer Vittorio Moroni organized friends and colleagues into a DIY distrib company so his debut feature "You Must Be the Wolf" could get onto local screens. Released in eight prints nationwide with last-minute assistance from established distrib Pablo, pic unfortunately plays like a short stretched beyond its limits.

One of the more valiant members of Italy’s struggling indie industry, novice helmer Vittorio Moroni organized friends and colleagues into a DIY distrib company so his debut feature “You Must Be the Wolf” could get onto local screens. Released in eight prints nationwide with last-minute assistance from established distrib Pablo, pic unfortunately plays like a short stretched beyond its limits, although enough good ideas make Moroni a helmer to watch. Breakout chances are slim, but awards at smaller fests (Ajaccio, Lecce) may prompt further enquiries.

Taxi driver Carlo (Ignazio Oliva) was abandoned years ago by depressed partner Valentina (Valentina Carnelutti, “The Best of Youth”), leaving an infant daughter also called Valentina. Now a teenager (Valentina Merizzi), daughter and dad have an intense relationship that barely admits others, including the g.f. (Sara D’Amario) Carlo keeps practically hidden. When the errant mother, back from Portugal, contacts Carlo, he has to reassess both past and present. Stocked with unhappy people barely connecting, pic gives every line too much weight, with great pauses around each sentence. Oliva does glum well, but it’s all he’s been doing recently. Color quality reflects ultra-low budget.

You Must Be The Wolf

Italy

Production

A Myself, Pablo Film release (in Italy) of a Metafilm production. Produced by Laura Cafiero. Directed by Vittorio Moroni. Screenplay, Moroni, Alessandro Lombardo.

Crew

Camera (color), Saverio Guarna; editor, Clelio Benevento; music, Mario Mariani; production designer, Carolina Ferrara, Massimo Caccia; costume designer, Ferrara. Reviewed at Cinema Augustus, Rome, May 26, 2005. Italian, Portuguese dialogue. Running time: 98 MIN.

With

Ignazio Oliva, Valentina Carnelutti, Valentina Merizzi, Sara D'Amario, Gianluca Gobbi, Amandio Pinheiro, Vera Gondola, Elena Bertalli, Mauro Mannella, Antonia Terrinha.
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