Silvestrin and Balducci couple up in Good As You, Italy’s first gay comedy
by Vittoria Scarpa
04/04/2012 - Eight characters, four men and four women, all gay (or nearly). A motley crew of friends, each one caught up with their own love and sex stories , their own contradictions and above all in every-day life. With no dramas or pietisms. In fact if there is one merit to Mariano Lamberti’s Good As You [trailer], in 50 cinemas from April 6 with Iris Film, it is exactly that of overturning the perspective on gay people in films: not homosexuals in a heterosexual context, where they are often depicted in a battle against marginalisation, their sexuality refused, a family which does not accept them (above all, Ozpetek’s Loose Cannons [trailer]), but rather it is a story told from inside the LGBT world, one which is ironic, sincere, with no false modesty. It is a portrait of its dynamics, its eccentricities and its extremisms, without neglecting the uneasy aspects (casual encounters, couples which break up), illness, but also the aspirations to build a family.
Based on the homonymous play by Roberto Biondi, Good As You, which takes its name from the slogan of the gay movement of the '60s, stars Enrico Silvestrin (Remember Me, My Love [trailer]), a compressed and ambivalent character; Lorenzo Balducci (Il sole nero), romantic and possessive; Diego Longobardi (also a producer for Master Five Cinematografica), the "crazy gal"; Elisa Di Eusanio, the butch one, predatory and a tomboy. Then also Lucia Mascino (who wants a son), Daniela Virgilio (confused heterosexual), Micol Azzurro (the baby-doll) and Luca Dorigo (all muscle and tatoos). ''There is certainly no lack of clichés", explains the director, "but I’m not afraid of them because they reflect the truth. Out of eight characters only two are stereotypes, those of Diego and Elisa. But they are wearing conscious masks, just as they exist in gay communities".
Clichéd or not, Good As You gives us happiness, self-irony, even provocation. And it doesn’t lack an important message: that given to the boy who in the final sequences is having fun crawling around and playing with a blonde wig, surrounded by the love of his "rainbow family", unsure of the future but happy to be living in that wonderful chaos, full of freedom.
(Translated from Italian)