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Ciao (2008)

Jeff is taking care of everything Mark left behind when he died. Mark was about to have a visitor, Andrea, an Italian guy he met online. Both of them will have the chance to share memories of the Mark they knew while knowing each other.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chuck Blaum ...
Mark (as Charles W. Blaum)
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Jeff
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Lauren
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Mark's Father
Margaret Lake ...
Mark's Mother
Tiffany Vollmer ...
Doctor
Angela Gerardo ...
Airport Announcer / Author (voice)
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Andrea
Clementina Plasencia ...
Waitress
Carla Adami ...
Andrea's Mpther (voice)
Shelley Fisher ...
Newscaster (voice) (as Shelley Altman)
Autumn Antal ...
Newscaster (voice)
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Newscaster (voice) (as Frederick Anthony)
Myrtle Andrews ...
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Cole D. Croghan ...
Airport Passenger
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Jeff is taking care of everything Mark left behind when he died. Mark was about to have a visitor, Andrea, an Italian guy he met online. Both of them will have the chance to share memories of the Mark they knew while knowing each other.

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Chaque fin est un nouveau début (Every end is a new beginning) See more »

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Rated R for langage including sexual references | See all certifications »
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$2,672 (USA) (5 December 2008)

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$48,498 (USA) (27 March 2009)
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Ciao
29 March 2015 | by (Thailand) – See all my reviews

Mark and Jeff are the best of friends. Jeff would have liked their friendship to go beyond their close but platonic relationship. Unfortunately they never seem to click on that level, possibly because Jeff isn't Marks "type." Or possibly because the nature of their bond might be jeopardized by sex.

Mark has "met" Andrea, an Italian, online and they have talked a few times by phone. Since Andrea will be in New York for a wedding, they plan for him to come to Dallas for a couple of days so they can finally meet in person.

Mark is killed in a road accident and Jeff assists the family in sorting out his things. He goes through Mark's emails, in part to know who might need to be notified about the death, but clearly he wants to know a bit more about his friend and discovers that Mark revealed more about himself to Andrea than he ever shared with Jeff.

When he receives an email sent to Mark by Andrea detailing his anticipated trip to Dallas, Jeff replies informing Andrea of the death and suggesting that he cancel the trip. Soon after he has second thoughts and suggests Andrea come to Dallas as planned and spend those few days as his guest.

Most of the film is devoted to conversation between Jeff and Andrea as they share their thoughts about Mark and learn more about each other.

The most striking thing about the movie was the intelligent scripting of the dialogue between them, sometimes reflecting their impressions of Mark, sometimes asking ridiculous things about each other, sometimes lighthearted and apparently superficial, sometimes poignantly revealing. Surely it was scripted, but it seemed totally natural and spontaneous.

It could easily have been maudlin or gone over-the-top emotionally but, aside from one emotional release, it was subtle and low- keyed. In some respects it was mysterious because you were never sure where it was all heading.

My only complaint was that Andrea, though very fluent in English, occasionally, naturally stumbled over some American idiom, but at other times Jeff used Americanisms that Andrea could not have understood, but Andrea doesn't bat an eye.

Different forms of grieving and attempts to deal with loss have certainly been explored to death in films, so in that sense there is nothing remarkable about the story concept. The scripting, the acting, the directing and the photography do lift this above what might have been another overly sentimental tear-jerker though.


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