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Sunday, September 4, 2011

Amore Tossico (1983) aka Toxic Love

Amore Tossico (1983) aka Toxic Love

A group of drug addicts, spends all day looking for drugs with all means possible. A boy and a girl, Cesare and Michela, they decide to give up this life, the last dose of drug before quitting by this life, however, it becomes a tragedy.

In the early 80's, a realistic view of heroin world with non-professional actors. No messages, no moralistic comments, only the true life in Rome's suburbs. The main actor, Cesare Ferretti, died of AIDS in 1986.

This is an extraordinary movie about the everyday life of a group of heroin addicts in suburban Rome in the early eighties. The non-professional actors are real addicts, and this gives to the story a sense of reality that is tragic and poetic at the same time. Their sense of humanity and freshness, despite the horror of addiction, is unique and moving. Unfortunately many of them were killed by heroin or aids in the years following the movie. The screenplay was written by the director Claudio Caligari together with Guido Blumir, a sociologist who worked on drug-related issues for a long time. The direction is brave and clever, with a focus on human substance more than anything else. One wonders why Italian cinema is not able to produce meaningful movies like this any more.



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