When we think of Italian men, we think of suave, debonair lovers with an endless slew of willing ladies at their beck and call. Domenico Nesci is not one of those Italian men. Rather, he is a foreigner with a very common problem: he just can't connect with members of the opposite sex. Why? Because everywhere he goes, women are buried in their smartphones, their tablets, their laptops, looking down instead of looking around, hoping that technology will bring them closer to their soulmate in this new era of interconnectivity. So Domenico decides not only to join the online masses, but to document his journey as he joins every dating site he can, from mainstream to fringe, casting an ever-widening net in the hopes he can find the love of his life.
Critique de Nikayaya
The Lonely Italian is offensive, cringe worthy, unapologetic, and hilarious. The film follows Domenico Nesci (played by his own true self), a once obnoxious MTV reality star in his quest to find love. The problem with his quest is that no one seems willing to interact beyond the internet anymore; so he follows suit, and joins nearly every internet dating site on the world wide web. As we watch through a docucomedy lens, Domenico tests the waters amongst a spectrum of women seeking men. From a vegan date he tries to woo with meat, to a promising date/stalker in training, Nesci reminds all married people how rampant the crab grass is on the other side.
Littered in between the outings are Domenico’s “expert interactions”. An online dating therapist, a hands on karma sutra specialist, and what just may be the mouth piece for misogynists everywhere. Nesci’s face as he listens to David Wygant describe the intricacies of dating like a gorilla tribe hierarchy is all of us in the theatre, or hopefully most of us. In an age where reality TV is a magnifying glass for the worst in us, Domenico’s online trek for love is just tongue in cheek enough to keep it enjoyable. Nesci’s personality makes him endearing, even when seemingly devoid of social norm awareness, and the film flows well enough to avoid the typical annoyances of mockumentaries.
In the end the biggest mystery of The Lonely Italian may not be if Domenico finds love at the end of his keyboard clicks, but just how did it make us laugh so hard?
Congratulations to the creators of The Lonely Italian on their win for Best Comedy Feature at the San Diego International Film Festival. Be sure to check out Mulderville reporter Dan Berry’s interview with The Lonely Italian masterminds: Director Lee Farber and film lead Domenico Nesci.
The Lonely Italian
Directed by Lee Farber
Writing Credits : Lee Farber, Domenico Nesci
Cast : Domenico Nesci, Mark Chuakay, Jonathon Aslay, Sofiya Bahauch
Produced by Elettra Canovi, Nicoló Febbrari, Riccardo Febbrari, Giovanni Labadessa, Nathaniel Pope, Michael Scarpellini
Music by Mario Fanizzi
Cinematography by Chris Cuthbert
Film Editing by Robert Nazar Arjoyan
Production Design by Alexandra Reed
Screened at the San Diego Film Festival
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