My Brother-In-Law (Mio Cognato) (2003)

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Released 15-Nov-2005

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy None
Rating Rated R
Year Of Production 2003
Running Time 87:19
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Alessandro Piva
Studio
Distributor

Twentieth Century Fox
Starring Sergio Rubini
Luigi Lo Cascio
Mariangela Arcieri
Alessandra Sarno
Luigi Angelillo
Carolina Felline
Vito Cassano
Case ?
RPI ? Music Ivan Iusco


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    This film is the seventh of eleven films in the Italian Film Festival 2004 box set. The films are very different and the only real link between them is that they were all made in Italy in the last couple of years. This one shares the fourth disc of the collection with The Wedding Dress.

    This one, My Brother-in-Law, is a bit of an odd little film, which although not a bad film by any stretch of the imagination is also not overly good either. It starts out like it's going to be a buddy comedy, but then nothing very funny happens, and considering the ending it cannot be considered anything but a drama, unless it's meant to be a black comedy. If it is meant to be a black comedy then I just didn't 'get it'. However, this categorisation difficulty does not preclude this film from being reasonable entertainment, although it is never really compelling.

    The story involves Toni (Sergio Rubini), an arrogant, loud-mouthed and loudly dressed insurance broker and his very straight and naive brother-in-law, Vito (Luigi Lo Cascio) who is married to Toni's younger sister, Anna. They don't get on particularly well and the film starts on the occasion of the christening of Toni's son, Ivan. Toni organises a reception for the family at a seaside eatery in Bari, where they live. Vito parks his boring car near Toni's flashy Saab convertible but it is Vito's car which gets stolen and a lemon left in its place. Vito, following his normal instincts, reports the theft to the police expecting that the insurance arranged for him by his brother-in-law will result in an easy payout. Unfortunately, to save money, Toni has only arranged for collision insurance, planning to adjust the policy if the car is stolen before reporting the theft. When Vito finds out he is naturally angry and demands that Toni help him find the car. It is here that the movie really begins as we begin to understand that Toni, aka ' The Professor', may be more than just an insurance broker and that the car theft may be more than bad luck. The film follows the pair's adventures during the night as they search for the car using all of Toni's criminal contacts and slowly develop some mutual respect.

    This film does a reasonable job of telling the story it has to tell, however, I was left with the feeling that very little actually happened and that the ending was a little strange and more than somewhat unfair. On the plus side, you certainly would not get the ending in a Hollywood film, which means that at least the film is original. The lead actors both do a good job of portraying their characters.

    Passably interesting but hardly a film to run out and tell everyone you know to see.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video quality is very good, and is one of the best transfers in the box set.

    The feature is presented in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio 16x9 enhanced which is the original aspect ratio.

    The picture was quite sharp and clear, better than most on this set, with no evidence of low level noise. Shadow detail was reasonable. There was some light grain.

    The colour was very good with no issues to report.

    Artefacts were restricted to some aliasing which was mostly minor and included spots at 20:18 on a grille and 80:28 on a car.

    There are burned-in subtitles in English which are clear and easy to read. One of the better subtitle sets in this box set despite not actually being a subtitle stream.

    

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Audio

    The audio quality is quite good.

    This DVD contains an Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack encoded at 224 Kb/s.

    Dialogue seemed clear and there was no problem with audio sync that my very limited knowledge of Italian allowed me to detect.

    The music is light orchestral and modern dance music and did its job adequately.

    The surround speakers provided some mild atmosphere and the subwoofer was not used.

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Extras

    None.

Menu

    The menu allows only for the selection of which movie to play.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    This film is available on DVD in Italy (Region 2) and includes a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, English subtitles, some deleted scenes, a behind-the-scenes featurette and some sort of commentary as far as I can make out using Google translator. On that basis the Region 2 version is the pick if you want this film.

Summary

    A passably interesting Italian film about two brothers-in-law and their overnight adventures amongst the criminals of Bari.

    The video quality is quite good.

    The audio quality is good.

    No extras.

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Sunday, February 12, 2006
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