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This World Is For You

A third feature for director/co-scenarist Francesco Falaschi ("I Am Emma," "Last Minute Marocco") that feels like an immature first, "This World Is For You" is breezy to a fault in depicting the tumultuous summer of a young Tuscan coastal native trying to secure his future.

A third feature for director/co-scenarist Francesco Falaschi (“I Am Emma,” “Last Minute Marocco”) that feels like an immature first, “This World Is For You” is breezy to a fault in depicting the tumultuous summer of a young Tuscan coastal native trying to secure his future. Lightweight seriocomedy feels more like a compilation of mildly quirky incidents than a fully realized narrative, killing time pleasantly but leaving little impact, rather like its amiable blank of a hero. Any offshore exposure is likely to skew smallscreen.

Wanting to continue his education toward becoming a writer, 19-year-old Teo (Matteo Petrini, apparently playing himself) is hobbled by a lack of funds and an odd tendency to antagonize academic examiners. His separated parents (Paolo Sassanelli, Cecilia Dazzi) are comically self-absorbed and unsupportive; a close friend (Domenico Diele) steals a story idea to launch his own writing career. Meanwhile, Teo bounces from one temp job to another, including launching a waterfront “floating cinema.” Pic is lively enough but so thinly developed that when Teo proclaims g.f. Chiara (Eugenia Costantini) “the woman of my life” near the close, they still seem barely acquainted. Modest package is polished.

This World Is For You

Italy

  • Production: A Video Factory production in association with Sviluppo Discount. (International sales: Video Factory, Grosseto, Italy.) Produced by Giancarlo Alessandrini, Francesco Falaschi. Directed by Francesco Falaschi. Screenplay, Filioppo Bologna, Falaschi, Stefano Ruzzante, from a story by Bologna and Falaschi.
  • Crew: Camera (color), Gianni Giannelli; editors, Paola Freddi, Francesco De Matteis; music, Pivio, Aldo De Scalzi, Luca Cresta, Claudio Pacini; production designer, Valentina Testa; costume designer, Grazia Materia. Reviewed on DVD, San Francisco, Nov. 28, 2011. (In New Italian Cinema Events.) Running time: 79 MIN.
  • With: With: Matteo Petrini, Eugenia Costantini, Paolo Sassanelli, Cecilia Dazzi, Fabrizia Sacchi, Edoardo Natoli, Domenico Diele, Glenn Blackhall, Roberto Marini, Sergio Sgrilli, Massimiliano Bruno, Paolo Migone.