We Can Do That (2008)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Comedy of Manners, Medical Comedy  |   Run Time - 111 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - PG
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This unusual Italian-language seriocomedy from director Giulio Manfredonia walks a fine-line, suspended midway between genial farce and sensitive, compassionate drama. It tells of Nello (Claudio Bisio), a businessman from Milan who gets unexpectedly booted out of his job and ends up managing a collective of ex-mental patients; the individuals in question have suffered from the notorious Basaglia Law, and thus found themselves expelled from area psychiatric hospitals. Sensing a need for renewed purpose in these individuals, Nello defines a new occupational role for each of them, molded and shaped to each individual's abilities - with both humorous and surprisingly touching results.

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businessperson, mental-patient