Generazione 1000 Euro
This snappy little movie (it runs for just 91 minutes) is a well-written, witty piece of cinema which falls down on what feels like heavy editing and several underdeveloped storylines. It leaves you wondering what the original movie script was like and wishing that you had been able to watch that movie instead.
Matteo (Alessandro Tiberi) starts the film down on his luck – his girlfriend dumps him, it looks like he is going to lose his job, his rental is falling apart and a wayward flatmate’s one-night-stand has used up all the hot water. He is one of the “Generazione 1000 Euro” – young Italians surviving on 1000 Euro a month and wondering when their dreams will come true.
Enter Angelica (Carolina Crescentini) and Beatrice (Valentina Lodovini). Angelica promises him big money, a strong career, a jet-set lifestyle and herself – a thin blond beauty. Only he has to give up on those crazy dreams of his and his true passion (maths). Classically beautiful Beatrice on the other hand offers hope, fun and a charming optimism that your dreams are worth whatever they take.
The problem is that we never get to fully feel Matheo’s passion for math – the first time we see him teaching a class I thought it was a dream scene it was so unexplained. There is a ‘professor’ character who is so hardly in the film you wonder why he is there, but he is meant to be some driving force in Matheo’s life.
Tiberi and Lodovini had some real on-screen chemistry but the same can’t be said for Tiberi and Crescentini and so some of his decisions around Angelica just don’t seem to make sense. How Beatrice forgives Matheo for a disastrous betrayal is also completely glossed over.
It has been a long time however since I’ve enjoyed so many witty one-liners in a film. Matheo’s best friend (and want-to-be film director) Francesco, provides one too many self-deprecating lines critiquing the whole Romantic Comedy film genre but most are creative insights into the aimless life we can find ourselves living which is often so far from how we imagined it.
Generazione 1000 Euro is apparently based on a book and blog and the movie is perhaps best watched as a ‘taster’ introduction to those instead of a completely satisfying story in itself.
Reviewed by: Elizabeth Kirkby-McLeod
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Language: Italian with English Subtitles
Director: Massimo Venier
Cast: Valentina Lodovini, Carolina Crescentini, Alessandro Tiberi, Francesca Inaudi
Duration: 91 Minutes
Rating: M contains offensive language & sexual themes