Synopsis by Tracie Cooper
Written and directed by Paolo Genovese, Incantesimo Napoletano ("A Neopolitan Spell") is a fanciful tale of the horror felt by a fifth-generation Neopolitan couple whose first daughter's first words are in Milanese. By the time Assunta (Chiara Papa) is 10-years-old, she has rejected her mother's cooking in favor of traditional Milanese food, and hasn't adopted any Neopolitan slang. Desperate, Assunta's father (Gianni Aiello) sends her off to a Neopolitan slum, where the dialect is so thick that the residents have a reputation for not being able to understand one another. Things don't go as planned, however, and a 20-year-old Assunta (Serena Improta) not only comes back speaking Milanese exclusively, but is pregnant from one of many sexual encounters. The clashing father and daughter eventually come to terms with one another, as told in flashback through an 80-year-old Assunta's (Clelia Bernacchi) perspective. Incantesimo Napoletano also features Marina Confalone and Tonino Taiuti.