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What Will Happen to Us

Premise of 18-year-olds frolicking under the Greek sun gets another airing in Giovanni Veronesi's less-than-fresh pic. There's something for the boys and something for the girls, but nothing for anyone over 25, despite attempts to say something meaningful about growing up and facing life. Won't appeal to arthouse crowd, making travel unlikely.

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With: Silvio Muccino, Violante Placido, Giuseppe Sanfelice, Elio Germano, Valeria Solarino, Enrico Silvestrin, Katy Saunders, Myriam Catania.

The endlessly fascinating premise of 18-year-olds frolicking under the Greek sun gets another airing in Giovanni Veronesi’s less-than-fresh “What Will Happen to Us.” There’s something for the boys and something for the girls, but nothing for anyone over 25, despite attempts to say something meaningful about growing up and facing life. Teen auds have kept B.O. high, but it’s anyone’s guess how it managed to rack up 12 Donatello award nominations. Themes won’t appeal to the arthouse crowd, making travel unlikely.

Silvio Muccino, sharing scripting honors, heads the likable cast as Matteo, fresh out of high school and searching for guidance. To celebrate graduation, he convinces friends Paolo and Manuel (Giuseppe Sanfelice and Elio Germano) to join him on the Greek island of Santorini, not coincidentally the same place Matteo’s older g.f. Carmen (Violante Placido) is visiting. By vacation’s end, the boys rise above expectations and get a grip on their future. Muccino again proves to be an endearing performer, but here he’s re-hashing earlier roles in brother Gabriele’s more nuanced pics. Tech credits are tops, with music a key draw for the teen crowd.

What Will Happen to Us

Italy

Production: A Filmauro release of a Luigi and Aurelio De Laurentiis presentation of a Filmauro production. Produced by Aurelio De Laurentiis. Directed by Giovanni Veronesi. Screenplay, Veronesi, Silvio Muccino.

Crew: Camera (Technicolor), Fabio Zamarion; editor, Claudio Di Mauro; music, Andrea Guerra; production designer, Marco Dentici; costume designer, Gemma Mascagni. Reviewed at Multisala Barberini, Rome, March 26, 2004. Original title: Che ne sara di noi. Running time: 106 MIN.

With: With: Silvio Muccino, Violante Placido, Giuseppe Sanfelice, Elio Germano, Valeria Solarino, Enrico Silvestrin, Katy Saunders, Myriam Catania.

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