Review: ‘Licu’s Holiday’

An unexpected look at a largely unaddressed immigrant community in Rome, "Licu's Holiday" subtly balances critical fascination with a more objective take on its subject's struggle to keep one foot in Bengali tradition and the other in Western mode.

An unexpected look at a largely unaddressed immigrant community in Rome, “Licu’s Holiday” subtly balances critical fascination with a more objective take on its subject’s struggle to keep one foot in Bengali tradition and the other in Western mode. Helmed by go-getter Vittorio Moroni, whose creatively marketed “You Must Be the Wolf” achieved a modicum of critical success, docu isn’t sure how to close, but the open-ended story truthfully acknowledges the uncertainties awaiting the protag and his new bride. Moroni is touring Italy to boost interest, though fests and TV are pic’s natural outlets.

Licu is a Bangladeshi who enjoys the trappings of Italian life, especially the flashy clothes. When his mother finds him a bride, he arranges for a vacation — four weeks — to go to his ancestral village and marry the family’s choice. Time is tight, especially when negotiations break down, but soon all is righted and Licu weds beautiful, bashful Fancy Khanam. Back in Rome, however, rules are different, and the superficially Western-looking Licu restricts his wife’s outings, struggling to reconcile European urges with an ingrained sense of a traditional bride’s circumscribed role. Vid and sound quality are mixed.

Licu's Holiday

Italy

Production

A 50 Notturno release of a 50N, Rai Cinema production. Produced by Roberta Donati, Stefano Mancini. Directed by Vittorio Moroni. Screenplay, Moroni, Marco Piccaredda.

Crew

Camera (color, DV-to-35mm), Moroni, Piccaredda, Habib Rahman; editor, Piccaredda; music, Mario Mariani; sound (Dolby SR), Maura Delpero, Stefano Grosso. Reviewed at Multisala Madison, Rome, June 4, 2007. Original title: Le ferie di Licu. Running time: 96 MIN.

With

Muhammad Moazzem Hossain Licu, Fancy Khanam, Giulia Di Quilio, Khokan Miah, Anwar Khan, Andrea Wu, Syed Mohammed Ali.
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