Besame Mucho (1999)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Ensemble Film  |   Run Time - 97 min.  |   Countries - Italy   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Dilemmas of life, love and family are the subject of this multiple-narrative drama from Italy. The adopted son (played by Francesco Stella) of a well-known philanthropist, Don Tommaso (Toni Bertorelli), wants to travel to his native Morocco to attend his sister's wedding, but he must first hurdle the barricades of Italy's immigration laws. Meanwhile, Tommaso's maid Lucia (Elena Russo) has to deal with her black-sheep brother, who joined a theater troupe comprised of unemployed actors, only to quit to take part in a poorly organized bank robbery. If that weren't enough, Lucia is reunited with a boy who once loved her (Elilio Solfrizzi), who has returned to Italy after failing to make his fortune in the United States. Fine photography and a warm, human charm highlight this film, which was screened at the 1999 Roma Film Festival.