The past few months have been exceptional for me in terms of imbibing the Italian language and culture. I can actually vouch that learning Italian with cinema has helped me immerse in my language learning journey! Here are 5 movies that I think everyone should watch (with or without English subtitles is your choice) to improve Italian and gain an insight into the culture!
Learning Italian with Cinema
1. Perfetti Sconosciuti (2016):
This is a fabulous story of 7 friends and how their lives fall apart after they agree to play a game. The film is a perfect take on modern technology, it’s uses and how it has hampers our personal lives. Directed by the very talented Paolo Genovse, Perfetti Sconosciuti revolves around couples lives- showing themes of deception and dishonesty. Of course there’s more…..
2. Mine Vaganti (2010):
Mine Vaganti is a great movie to watch if you’re learning Italian. Shot in the stunning town of Lecce, this film shows how the issues of homosexuality are dealt by a rich Puglian family. I love when movies highlight day to day issues. Mine Vaganti shows many sides of the Italian culture including a family obsessed with pasta!! Even though the film is shown in the category of a Comedy on Wikipedia, I think it is a very serious drama of two sexually frustrated brothers and their dramatic overbearing father.
Mine Vaganti can be watched on Daily Motion or you can simply check it on Prime if you are in the USA.
3. Loro Chi? (2015):
Did you like Catch Me If You Can?? Oceans Eleven?? Well I bet you will love this. I don’t wish to divulge the plot here but Loro Chi is fabulous and fun! Being a fan of both Marco Giallini and Edoardo Leo, I can safely tell you to watch this fabulous film. The script and comic timings are perfect so it is impossible NOT to have fun watching this movie!!
I recommended Loro Chi to several of my friends from my Italian class and they loved it too! You can buy the DVD here.
4. Mia Madre (2015):
Mia Madre is a heartwarming story of a mother daughter relationship. The plot revolves around present and past memories of the character’s mother as the protagonist handles her mother’s current and past life. Mia Madre will leave you teary eyed!
My Italian teacher recommended me to watch movies by Nanni Moretti and I couldn’t be more grateful. Some might find his movies boring but to me they are beautiful and unique. Not only is the language slower and simplified but also the scripts are heartwarming and real. You can watch Mia Madre on Prime if you’re in the USA.
5. Io Sono l’amore (2010):
Another fantastic film to watch if you’re learning Italian is Io Sono l’amore. This is a comparatively slow film set in the chic urban space of Milan. It revolves around the doting mother of a wealthy Italian family who finds herself in love with someone really unexpected. The story unravels smoothly with a lot of passion as the life of an industrial Italian family is shown. Io Sono l’amore which literally translates to I Am Love has an ending that will leave you dizzy.
If you’re in the USA you can watch it on Prime.
Did you like the list?? I’d love recommendations from you!!
Let’s keep the classics such as La Grande Belezza, Il Postino, La Vita è Bella, Pane e Tulipani, Cinema Paradiso or Mediterraneo aside for today!!
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