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Nominated for Best Film and Best Director at
the David Di Donatello's (the Italian version of
the Academy Awards) Loose Cannons, by Turkish-
Italian director Ferzan Ozpetek (Facing Windows
IFF03) takes a fresh look at the coming out genre,
with this likable comedy.
Tommaso (Riccardo Scamarcio, Eden is West) is
living the good life in Rome as an aspiring writer.
He has a great apartment, loves his job and loves
his boyfriend, Marco, but as far as his parents
are concerned Tommaso is straight. When Tom-
maso is forced to return to his little home town
in southern Italy to help run the family business,
he decides it's nally time to reveal his secret life
and maybe get out of his family obligations at the
same time. He bargains that his conservative fam-
ily will want no part of his homosexual lifestyle
- but of course, nothing goes to plan.
Director Ozpetek guides his cast with a playful
hand making the most of all the family drama and
cra ing a story that juxtaposes the conser vative
small town values with a cast of eccentric charac-
ters including the obligatory eccentric aunt and
the philandering Papa...
It soon becomes clear that Tommaso is not
the only family member to harbour secrets.
Loose Cannons is a likeable dramedy that
has much to say about public versus private
lives... Now showing at the Lavazza Italian
Based on the hugely popular memoirs of Eliza-
beth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Lo e is the story of one
woman's journey to emotional and spirtual hap-
Liz Gilbert ( Julia Roberts) is a woman that
seemingly has everything. She's living the dream:
great house, great husband, great career, yet her
life still seems to lack meaning and Gilbert nds
herself yearning for something more. When plans
for a baby go awry, she nds herself unexpectedly
divorced and Gilbert's perfect world comes tum-
bling down. She's a woman at a crossroad, search-
ing for meaning.
Taking the plunge to step out of her comfort
zone, Gilbert packs up her bags and sets o on a
world trip of self discovery. In her travels, she dis-
covers the true pleasure of nourishment by eating
in Italy; the power of prayer in India, and, nally
and unexpectedly, the inner peace and balance of
true love in Bali.
Roberts is as luminous as ever in the role of Liz-
constantly ashing that enigmatic smile - but is
she truly believable as a woman whose only desire
is to nd meaning in her life? Maybe, maybe not.
Where Eat, Pray, Lo e falls down is that it lacks
the emotional intensity of the book. Rather than
depth, this lm is on occasion all too shallow.
EAT, PRAY, LOVE
Director: Ferzan Ozpetek
Staring: Riccardo Scamarcio, Alessandro Preziosi,
Director: Ryan Murphy
Staring: Julia Roberts, James Franco, Billy Cruddup
Beyond the Secret
Hot on the heels of the hugely popular
book and equally popular DVD, The Se-
cret, comes another chapter in the laws
of attraction, Beyond the Secret.
'Tell me what you want and I'll show you how to get
it' proclaims secret practitioner Bob Procter and it may as
well be this DVD's mantra as everyone interviewed shouts
loud and proud how The Secret has changed their lives.
Yes, there are loads of celebrities saying how The Se-
cret worked for them - and some can be heard on this
DVD - but Beyond the Secret is also rammed with stories
from the everyman too, explaining the impact the law of
attraction has had on their lives.
Project initiator Holli Walker has also spent a great
deal of time tracking down Master practitioners and in-
terviewed them for this lm. The result is a masterclass if
you will, on the laws of attraction.
Beyond the Secret offers practical tips for making the
law of attraction part of your daily life.
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