10 Best Italian Movies 2010

Friday, January 21 by Annette Smith

Fans of Italian cinema will appreciate the 10 best Italian movies of 2010. The overview represents various film genres, including romantic drama, historical drama, comedy, and documentary. Ordered alphabetically by English title, here are the ten best films produced in Italy in 2010.

  1. “The Black Sheep.” “La pecora nera,” translated “The Black Sheep,” is an Italian comedy starring Ascanio Celestini, Giorgio Tirabassi, and Maya Sansa. The movie looks at people who have experienced life in a mental asylum, following their journey through imagination and fear.
  2. “Draquila: Italy Shakes.” “Draquila: Italy Shakes,” originally titled “Draquila: L'Italia che trema,” is a satirical documentary film featuring Silvio Berlusconi and Sabina Guzzanti. The film examines the politics of the 2009 L'Aquila earthquake in central Italy.
  3. “The First Beautiful Thing.” “The First Beautiful Thing,” originally titled “La prima cosa bella,” is an Italian comedy starring Valerio Mastandrea, Micaela Ramazzotti, and Stefania Sandrelli. It centers on a pessimistic professor who returns home to help his dying mother.
  4. “Happy Family.” “Happy Family” is an Italian comedy starring Fabrezio Bentivoglia, Margherita Buy, and Valeria Bilello. It centers on a middle aged screenwriter and an eccentric Italian family, the fruit of the writer’s imagination.
  5. “Kiss Me Again.” Originally titled “Baciami ancora,” “Kiss Me Again” is an Italian romance starring Stefano Accorsi, Vittoria Puccini, and Pierfrancesco Favino. The story follows a group of friends ten years after the events portrayed in the 2001 film, “The Last Kiss” (“L'ultimo bacio”).
  6. “Loose Cannons.” Originally titled “Mine vaganti,” “Loose Cannons” is an Italian comedy film starring Riccardo Scamarcio, Nicole Grimaudo, and Alessandro Preziosi. The story centers on a gay man living in Rome, who devises a plan to get out of the family business–only to discover it’s harder to scandalize his family than he thought.
  7. “The Mouth of the Wolf.” Originally titled “La bocca del lupo,” “The Mouth of the Wolf” premiered at the Turin Festival late 2009 and opened in Italy in 2010. The biographical drama stars Vincenzo Motta, Mary Monaco, and Franco Leo. It tells the story of an Italian man serving time in a Genoa prison, who falls in love with a transsexual woman struggling with a heroin addiction.
  8. “Our Life.” “La nostra vita,” translated “Our Life,” is an Italian drama starring Elio Germano, Isabella Ragonese, and Raoul Bova. The movie focuses on a working-class man living in Rome, who must come to terms with a traumatic death.
  9. “The Solitude of Prime Numbers.” “The Solitude of Prime Numbers,” originally titled “La solitudine dei numeri primi,” is an Italian film starring Alba Rohrwacher, Luca Marinelli, Martina Albano, and Isabella Rossellini. Based on a Paolo Giordano novel, the movie focuses on the personal solitude of two people, attracted to the other yet each battling their own suffering.
  10. “We Believed.” “Noi credevamo,” translated “We Believed,” is an Italian historical drama starring Luigi Lo Cascio, Valerio Binasco, and Toni Servillo. Set in the nineteenth century, the movie focuses on the sacrifices, imprisonment, high ideals, and political disillusionment of a group of men during the Italian unification.
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