- Dec 21, 2004
- 'north munster'
Dunno, but surely this is the guyLittle help.
A movie I watched fairly recently popped into my head earlier. And I can't remember the name of the bloody thing and it's driving me a little mad.
The gist of it was a friend (middle aged male) of a family goes to Italy (I think Venice or Rome) to try and find/track the daughter of said family who basically ran away from home and is staying with these petit criminals who live in a commune of sorts.
Can't recall what era it was made or even from what country it's from.
I'd guess 90s maybe. and possibly an American movie. Almost certain the main characters are American anyway.
Shopped this around with a few people because I was bored. The consensus is that it's a very common plot.The gist of it was a friend (middle aged male) of a family goes to Italy (I think Venice or Rome) to try and find/track the daughter of said family who basically ran away from home and is staying with these petit criminals who live in a commune of sorts.
Really specific little piece of info. The first time he sees her in the Italian city, she's scamming tourists outside a big museum/art gallery.Shopped this around with a few people because I was bored. The consensus is that it's a very common plot.
My two cents is that the family are British or French, semi-aristocratic, and their friend is an old American diplomat who's been living in that country a long time - best played by Robert Mitchum or Walter Matthau going up or down there in the tonal scale but both work in the avuncular range. If it's 90s, Robert Forster is yer man.
Anyway, he goes over - flirts with an air stewardess midflight with a gamey eye that matches his own ironical raised glance - but there's a sinister twist or a gradual accumulation of factors - this aristocratic family are involved in dirty money, or perhaps some sexual misconduct etc - which dawn on the Mitchum antihero, and well, who knows how it ends...Mitchum breaks a neck or two, flings a few lads down stairwells etc but ultimately helps the girl escape from her family... gets her on a boat to Shanghai or Bogota... the family at this stage have already hired a goonish duo of assassins to take out Mitchum after learning that he knows too much. Max Branning from Eastenders and Sean Bean would be nice for these parts - working class lads who are continuously conflicted about the whole thing... beavering in a subtle class analysis, and the futile scuffle between will and action in a mechanised society.
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