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David's Birthday (2009)

Il compleanno (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery, Romance | 28 May 2010 (Italy)
Two couples are enjoying their summer at the beach, but when the grown son of one couple arrives, it surprisingly stirs something in the husband of the other couple, will the forbidden feelings end badly?

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Marco Filiberti

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Davide De Bona (screenplay), Marco Filiberti (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alessandro Gassmann ... Diego (as Alessandro Gassman)
Maria de Medeiros ... Francesca
Massimo Poggio ... Matteo
Michela Cescon ... Shary
Christo Jivkov ... Leonard
Piera Degli Esposti ... Giuliana
Thyago Alves Thyago Alves ... David
Eleonora Mazzoni Eleonora Mazzoni ... Flaminia
Paolo Giovannucci ... Massimo
Maria Luisa De Crescenzo Maria Luisa De Crescenzo ... Aurora
Federica Sbrenna Federica Sbrenna ... Vanessa
Marianna De Rossi Marianna De Rossi ... Chicca
Daniele De Angelis Daniele De Angelis ... Orazio
Marco Roscini Marco Roscini ... Lucio
Marco Casu Marco Casu ... Fabio
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A group of friends rent a magnificent house by the sea to spend the summer together. The arrival of Shary and Diego's son David sets something off in everyone, especially Matteo, an accomplished psychoanalyst who is married to Francesca. David's lonely and enigmatic uncle Leonard senses the reasons behind the dangerous tension, hidden beneath layers of silence and friendly banter. This vacation will indelibly mark everybody's life. Written by Anonymous / Charles from VA

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Taglines:

Desire and Discovery on the Italian Riviera

Genres:

Drama | Mystery | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | English

Release Date:

28 May 2010 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

David's Birthday See more »

Filming Locations:

Jesi, Ancona, Marche, Italy See more »

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Worth seeing only for Massimo Poggio's great performance
11 January 2011 | by jm10701See all my reviews

I am somewhere between liking and disliking this movie, so I am giving it five stars. What I like is the lovely performance by Massimo Poggio as Matteo; if the rest if the movie had been on his level it would have gotten an easy eight stars. But it was as if he was working all alone in an otherwise uniformly mediocre undertaking.

The story, the dialog, the pacing and all the other performances are more like a soap opera than any other movie I can think of, with overblown emotions, preposterous developments, a lot of yelling and crying, and almost continual minor crises of one kind or another - even convenient interruptions for commercial breaks (what another reviewer brilliantly described as fadeaways).

I am a gay man, but I did not find Thyago Alves attractive at all, so the fact that Massimo Poggio made his obsession with the boy totally credible is part of his achievement. His is a stunning, subtle, restrained, and deeply moving performance. So I can recommend this movie highly for his work, but not for anything else.


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