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20 — Venti

A teasingly sensual doodle of a road movie, Marco Pozzi's "20 --- Venti" sustains interest and provides modest amusement even as it lazily spins its wheels. Attractively shot pic consists of 20 episodes, each lasting only as long as it takes someone to smoke a Venti cigarette. There's little point to the gimmicky structure, though the nicotine motif might be intended as a cue to expect nothing more substantial than a smoke ring. "Venti" isn't likely to set the world on fire, but it could attract venturesome festgoers and arthouse habitues.

A teasingly sensual doodle of a road movie, Marco Pozzi’s “20 — Venti” sustains interest and provides modest amusement even as it lazily spins its wheels. Attractively shot pic consists of 20 episodes, each lasting only as long as it takes someone to smoke a Venti cigarette. There’s little point to the gimmicky structure, though the nicotine motif might be intended as a cue to expect nothing more substantial than a smoke ring. “Venti” isn’t likely to set the world on fire, but it could attract venturesome festgoers and arthouse habitues.

Eva (Cecilia Dazzi), a hyperactive TV talkshow producer, is escorting Beatriz (Anita Caprioli), a notorious porn star, into the city from a remote movie location. Although Eva refuses to run her car’s air conditioner on the hottest day of the year, she and Beatriz slowly become friends during the long drive. Slyly hinting that the friendship may evolve into something else, helmer never fulfills his vague promises, instead introducing a parade of eccentrics — garden-gnome thieves, a vain U.S. film actor, an intimidating hotel clerk and a pizza-loving morgue attendant — as the two leads are repeatedly sidetracked by detours and serendipity.

20 -- Venti

(ITALY)

Production: A Quattrocentoundici/411 production in association with Bongiomo Prods. and David Prods. (International sales: 411 Prods, Milano.) Produced by Luca Mignani, Augusto Pizzamiglio. Directed by Marco Pozzi. Screenplay, Pozzi, Andrea Bempensante. Camera (color), Alessio Viola; editor, Piero Biggi; production designer, Guido Fornaro; music, Claudio Pelissero. Reviewed at Berlin Film Festival (Forum), Feb. 17, 2000. (Also in Cannes Film Festival --- market.) Running time: 91 MIN.

With: With: Cecilia Dazzi, Anita Caprioli, Ivano Narescotti, Rocco Barbaro, Andrea Pezzi.

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