This film was for me what possibly “Trainspotting” was for you. It brought fresh air. To hell with all that fake nonsense about beautiful, perfect young people knowing exactly what they want and how to get it. “Tutti giù per terra” is about how difficult, sometimes lonely, and slightly surreal life can be when you’re growing up and you know you’re different, you have no idea who you are and you feel like an alien most of the time. It’s about finding oneself.
The movie is set in Turin, which truly gives its best here. The main character is Walter. He’s 20. His father is a factory worker and a Communist, his mother a housewife. He hasn’t got a job, a girlfriend or any clear convictions, and he’s still a virgin unlike everyone else around him. He rejects conventional values but he’s too insecure and confused to be a “proper” rebel, to be “cool”. Continue reading