Review: ‘The Orange Thief’

Beguiling goof "The Orange Thief" is a sort of traditional Sicilian musical heavily indebted in style and flavor to the trademark deadpan of Jim Jarmusch. It will please some but strike others as a genial one-joke concept waaaaaaay overstretched at feature length.

Beguiling goof “The Orange Thief” is a sort of traditional Sicilian musical heavily indebted in style and flavor to the trademark deadpan of Jim Jarmusch. A big fave for Mill Valley and Woodstock fest auds, it will please some but strike others as a genial one-joke concept waaaaaaay overstretched at feature length. Nonetheless, its slender charms are sufficient to court further fest travel and possible specialized home-format release.

Made “exquisite corpse” style — inexperienced writer-director-editors shot independent of each other, proceeding only after each approved the last one’s work — pic’s fablelike storyline is nonetheless simple to a fault. Titular parentless foundling (Andrea Calabrese) grows up having to steal to exist, and yearning for land he can call his own. During a jail stint, he meets murderer Turrido (Allessio Giottoli), who demands the soon-to-be-released thief record his erstwhile fiancee Rosalba’s (Micaela Helvetica Saxer) song stylings. She proves resistant. Sicilian folksongs performed are arresting and funny; minimalist visual aesthetic is handsome. But nonpro perfs are stonily one-dimensional, slight story is poky and repetitive. Pic trusts its focus on close-mouthed, stereotyped Sicilian machismo (even among the female characters) to be endlessly hilarious.

The Orange Thief

U.S.- Italy

Production

A Black Boot Beach and Senza Pane production. Produced, directed, edited by Boogie Dean, Vinnie Angel, Arturo Wilinski. Screenplay, Dean, Angel.

Crew

Camera (color, HD-to-Beta SP), Dean, Angel, Wilinski, Jim Reed; music, Taylor Cutcomb; production designer, Wilinski. Reviewed at Mill Valley Film Festival, Oct. 10, 2006. Italian, Sicilian dialogue. Running time: 82 MIN.

With

Andrea Calabrese, Allessio Giottoli, Micaela Helvetica Saxer, Jean Mrac Burger, Cesare Riatti, Maria Cecilia Genovese, Innocenzo Di Lisi.
Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Film News from Variety

Loading