Saturday, October 29, 2011

Help Me Find This Movie

Readers, you are my last hope of finding the name of a movie I enjoyed many years ago. I don’t recall the time, possibly in the early 80s. It was an Italian movie which takes place in Naples? The opening event is a birthday party for a 12 year old boy at his home. Many friends and relatives attend, including his aunt, a local puttana. The wine flows freely and as the party continues, everyone including the boy and his aunt is drunk. The evening ends as the aunt and the boy stumble around his room and fall into bed together. 

Weeks later, the aunt is having an hysterical conversation with her sister, the boy's mother. It seems that the aunt and the boy enjoyed a tipsy moment of pleasure on the night of his birthday and the aunt is now pregnant with the boy's child. Apparently, the aunt was able to determine that her nephew as the only cause.

The rest of the story evolves around the family's attempt to reconcile the event and determine what to do with the unwelcome child. The outcome is brilliantly displayed in the last scene, showing the 12 year old boy rushing home from school, racing up the stairs, dressing the infant and proudly pushing his son around town in a fancy carrozzina. Only in Italy - no one else could match this delightful seriocomedy.

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