Acqua e Sapone (1983)

Genres - Comedy Drama, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Romantic Comedy  |   Run Time - 105 min.  |   Countries - Italy  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka

Rolando (Carlo Verdone) has tried everything to find a teaching job and so when he fakes it and lands a job as a priest tutoring Sandy, a teenage American model (Natasha Hovey), he feels particularly blessed -- it certainly beats his work as a janitor at an English school run by the Catholic church. Soon Rolando is handsomely ensconced at his new job site -- an opulent villa -- but his student Sandy speaks Italian and quickly figures out that Rolando is not a priest. She bargains with him: if she keeps quiet about who he really is, then they must continue going out to "forbidden food" places (like pizzerias and pastry shops) so she can eat the things she likes. Forbidden food and a fake identity cannot last forever, and both are jeopardized when the real priest shows up for the tutoring position. Much more cleaned up and mainstream than Verdone's past comic outings, Acqua E Sapone was applied to the script and the dialogue, as well as the title.



disguise, girls'-school, impersonation, janitor, love, priest, romance