Lost In Florence

An Alternative Review - An Italian Sticky, Sweet Movie

Summer is coming. You might already have some holiday plans. What’s it going to be? Greece? Spain? Portugal?

If you’re still unsure where you want to enjoy the heating sun, delicious food and multi-coloured cocktails, then director Evan Oppenheimer (A Little Game, The Speed of Thought) might be able to convince you to head to Florence.

His Lost in Florence shows the wonderful sunny sights of the picturesque Italian city while the story blends it wonderfully.

When Eric, Brett Dalton (The Resurrection Of Gavin Stone, Beside Still Waters), and his long-time sweetheart Colleen, Emily Atack (Ibiza Undead, Dad’s Army), are visiting his cousin Anna, Stana Katic (Castle (TV), CBGB), and her husband Gianni, Marco Bonini (18 Years Later, Under The Tuscan Sun), in Florence, he decides to pop the big question.

Unfortunately his meticulously planned engagement proposal ends with a big rejection. While Colleen flies back to the U.S., Eric is left behind shattered and heartbroken.

To prevent an even bigger depression, Gianna decides to take him to a game of “calcio storico,” which is basically a violent variant of football in which the teams are allowed to use every means they have to stop the other team from scoring.

Intrigued by Florence’s traditional sport, Eric decides to take this chance to convince team captain Paolo, Alessandro Preziosi (Loose Cannons, I Vicere), to let him play, despite the fact only Italians are allowed to join the team.

Enjoying Italy and proven that he’s a perfect fit for calico storico, Eric is still left with a big hole in his heart. No one can take the place of Colleen until he meets Stefania, Alessandra Mastonardi (Life, To Rome With Love), with who he falls in love with.

One tiny detail: Stefania is Paolo’s girlfriend. Will Paolo stand in the way of their intense passion or will Eric have found his one true love? And what about the historical football match? Will this be affected by the love affair?

Deep down you might already know the answers to those questions because Lost in Florence lacks originality and becomes predictable, especially during the crucial twists in the movie.

Being accidentally seen with your ex-girlfriend by your maybe next girlfriend. The hard work that might become jeopardised because of love.

Yeah, you can probably already sets the scenes vividly and foresee the ending. The story lines could have done with a little bit more imagination and originality.

Despite its predictability, Lost in Florence is still a very enjoyable movie. First of all it’s because of the very vibrant atmosphere of Florence that’s being beamed from the screen.

Especially with colourful and lively cinematography from Gherardo Gossi, whose work we’ve already seen in films like Sole, Cuore, Amore and Banana.

The narrow streets, the typical Vespa’s and the idyllic vineyards are taking us straight to the sunny heart of Florence. Also, the dreamy score from Wendy Blackstone that goes splendid with it makes us put the Italian city at our “to-visit” bucket list

Lost in Florence might not ring a bell but the actors from the movie do. It’s clear that Brett Scheldon, when he’s not saving the world as Grant Ward in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., certainly fits the profile of a rough tough football player with a very soft spot in his heart for the female beauty.

Alongside him we see Stana Katic from the smashing television hit Castle who brings even more vibrancy, fun, wittiness and joy to this movie. The chemistry between them as a family is wonderful to see and will put a smile on your face, guaranteed.

They’re being supported by other enjoy delightful cast members such as Marco Bonini, Emily Atack and Alessandro Preziosi.

With this incredibly sunny weather, a cheerful movie fits perfectly and so does Lost in Florence. Where it lacks originality and where it becomes predictably, the acting, cinematography and score shine through our screens, bringing the Italian atmosphere right to us.

You can read another review of Lost In Florence by Laurie Delaire here.

Lost in Florence shows the wonderful sunny sights of the picturesque Italian city while the story blends it wonderfully.

11th June 2018

Evan Oppenheimer

Evan Oppenheimer

Running Time:
1h 37min

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