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Loose Cannons

by Bill Biss
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Friday Jun 1, 2012
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Interwoven with family secrets of the past and the present, "Loose Cannons" packs a wallop of emotional intensity and feelings of the heart. In the close-knit yet at times, disconnected Italian Cantone family; the only two sons are expected by their father to continue running their successful pasta company. Yet, when the two brothers have a heart-to-heart discussion of their father’s wishes, one reveals to the other that he is gay. This revelation is at the core of "Loose Cannons." The film is subtitled in English and if at times distracting to follow the text at the bottom, it is well worth the effort.

The film is directed by Ferzan Ozpetek, who also co-wrote the screenplay. Though "Loose Cannons" is categorized as a comedy... there are feelings of intense anger, frustration, guilt and sadness as the family tapestry unravels because of the stigmas of homosexuality in a Catholic and Italian society. All these very real emotions and family dynamics in the screenplay make "Loose Cannons" much more developed for the "coming out" scenario than the storyline of "Oh... we always knew you were gay and still love you anyway" chain of events.

Another insightful aspect of "Loose Cannons" is the lost emotions and regrets along with the eccentricities, passion and humor discovered within the whole Cantone family. Taking the time to intersperse the past of the grandmother in the storyline with a superb performance by llaria Occhini adds brilliantly to the aspect of unrequited love and chances lost, when one doesn’t truly follow their heart.

The two handsome Italian brothers, Tommaso and Antonio portrayed respectively by Riccardo Scamarcio and Alessandro Preziosi both deliver strong performances. For that matter, the whole ensemble cast does a fine job of adding to the depth of "Loose Cannons" in their own individual ways. "Loose Cannons" has garnered numerous nominations and awards since the film’s release in 2010. Ferzan Oxpetek has created a very human comedy, along with a well of other human feelings which come to the surface as "Loose Cannons" [Mine Vaganti] unfolds in its layered richness.

"Loose Cannons"
Focus Features
Now screening on iTunes and Video on Demand (VOD) platforms at Focus Features.com/FocusWorld

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