The Mafia Kills Only in Summer

Inspired by real events, this is a black comedy about 20 years of history of Sicily from 1970s to 1990s, mocking Mafia Bosses and restoring the generosity of the heroes of Antimafia. Its focused on Arturo, a young boy who grows up in Palermo and tries to conquer his beloved Flora.


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  • ★★★½ review by Valtteri Lepistö 🏳️‍🌈 on Letterboxd

    Beautiful... Honesty goes long way at least in my books. I was surprised how easily I was engaged with the characters and how the emotion got me so strongly by the end. The weird synthesis that is born from combining a story that contrasts individual growing-up story to hilarious look at mob family to the spirit of the era is strangely appealing. The chaotic mentality of Italian comedy gains beauty from the touch of genuine need to express something that has been in the structure of society perhaps too long. I've always known that Italian cinema is political and closer look at its modern cinema shows that nothing has basically changed. And I'm very grateful for that since covering-up is fashion in the many today's cinema industries (I'm strongly pointing at Finnish cinema that is currently in the state of being absolutely worthless - but looking here, even "audience successes, moneymakers" can say something important). Italians have voice and during these days, voice is very much needed!

  • ★★★½ review by Fluffle on Letterboxd

    Ray Romano and Hillary Duff fall in love.

  • ★★★★ review by Peter Valerio on Letterboxd

    A history of organized crime in Palermo through the lens of a romantic comedy. Definitely worth a look.

  • ★★★½ review by Alberto Farina on Letterboxd

    The life path of a kid growing up in Sicily intertwines with the mafia bloodsheds occurred in about 15 years of Italian history. An enjoyably original, if occasionally hokey, look at the way Mafia is an in-grown Italian phenomenon, striking a precarious balance between lighthearted irony and a complete respect for its highly flammable matter.

  • ★★★½ review by Francesco Torto on Letterboxd

    Finalmente vedo l'esordio del Pif, dopo averne sentito lodi su lodi. Effettivamente è di sorprendente qualità per chi, come me, verso Pif aveva un pregiudizio e, soprattutto, non aveva mai visto il suo show tv Il testimone.

    L'innocente innamoramento di un bambino, poi adulto, è il pretesto per raccontare la penetrazione della mafia nella comunità palermitana negli anni 80 e la stagione degli attentati contro i magistrati. Il piccolo protagonista comincia a sentir nominare la mafia e contemporaneamente tenta i suoi primi passi nel mondo del giornalismo. Consapevoli e potenti le scene di rappresentazione degli attentati; meno riuscita la pur insistita venatura comica. Purtroppo gli attori peggiori sono i protagonisti, Pif e Cristiana Capotondi e gli altri truccati in ruoli celebri; perfetto invece il cast di contorno, campionario di sicilianità.

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