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Momenti di Trascurabile Felicità

Ordinary Happiness

Directed by Daniele Luchetti


Director Daniele Luchetti waxes philosophical and gives us an old-fashioned fantasy about life and death. This 2019 film features a 40-something Palermo husband and father, Paolo (Pierfrancesco Diliberto / Pif) who dies in a Vespa accident and goes to heaven, where its elderly bureaucrats (in brocade uniforms) give him a brief reprieve on a technicality.

For years, Paolo has driven through an intersection on his scooter at the precise moment when all the traffic lights turn red but one day he messes up his timing and he’s hit by a car full on. Landing in a paradise that resembles a crowded post office, he receives the good news of his imminent return to earth from a clerk (Renato Carpentieri) albeit for a very short time. This fantastic scene, which sees a number of people in nightgowns who have passed away protesting against divine justice is both amusing and intriguing. What follows is the bonus hour-and-a-half life that Paolo must make the most of, starting with his return home to his wife Agata (actress-songwriter Thony), who is still unaware of what’s happened. A series of flashbacks ensue, as well as various episodes and pictures from everyday life, in a kind of endless stream of consciousness. Along the way, we witness Paolo’s many betrayals, the broken rules, the vices, the indolence, the unanswered questions: Why is the first taxi never actually the first in line? Why does the gas station attendant always tell you to move up a little further, right after you’ve turned off the engine? Why are breaker hammers always enclosed in those glass boxes? And, what made Paolo an inadequate father?

NOTE: The film is in Italian with ENGLISH subtitles. 

After the viewing, there will be a light reception and a discussion of the film.

View the trailer online:

Sunday, May 21, 2023 • 3:00 – 5:30 p.m.

To reserve your spot, please register before Friday, May 19th

at Sentieri Italiani • 5430 North Broadway in Chicago

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