The Mafia Kills Only in Summer

While Arturo tries to gain the love of Flora, he witnesses the history of Sicily from 1969 to 1992, miraculously dodging the crimes of the Mafia and supporting as a journalist the heroic struggle of the judges and policemen who fought this infamous organization.


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  • ★★★½ review by Still Here🏳️‍🌈 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.

  • ★★★★ review by Liz Bright on Letterboxd

    This is very close to a 4.5; it probably would be except Im not sure I loved the ending. It was equal parts lighthearted and serious, always switching up the mood at just the right moment. I'm really glad i stumbled onto this film and would definitely recommend it to others!!

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