Once You're Born You Can No Longer Hide

on May 15, 2005 by Richard Mowe
As one of Italy's most socially conscious directors, it was only a matter of time before Marco Tullio Giordana turned his attention to one of today's most pressing problems: illegal immigration and its effects on the prosperous countries of Western Europe. Although less impressive than his vast political fresco "The Best of Youth," Giordana infuses his subject matter with a passionate commitment.

Sandro (Matteo Gadola) is a 12-year-old boy from Brescia, a small town in Northern Italy, whose wealthy family takes him on a cruise in the Mediterranean. He falls overboard, and seems to be lost until Radu (Vlad Elexandru Toma), a Romanian refugee aboard an illegal vessel, leaps in to save him. Through Sandro's "innocent" eyes, Giordana shows the horrors of the immigrant experience as he bonds with Radu and his sister (Ester Hazan).

Giordana wears his heart on his sleeve, which lends the narrative an over-pious and preachy tone that detracts from its message of tolerance to all creeds and colors. Starring Mateo Gadola, Vlad Alexandru Toma and Ester Hazan. Directed by Marco Tullio Giordana. Written by Sandro Petraglia, Stefano Ruili and Marco Tullio Giordana. No distributor set. Drama. Not yet rated. Running time: 118 min.

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