Movie Title : Fading Gigolo
Directed by : John Turturro
Produced by : Bill Block, Paul Hanson, and Jeffrey Kusama-Hinte
Written by : John Turturro
Distributed by : Millennium Entertainment
My Rating : 2 of 5
Fading Gigolo is an American comedy film, revolves around Fioravante (John Turturro), a simple middle-aged man who decides to become a professional Don Juan as a way of making money to help his cash-strapped friend, Murray (Woody Allen). Everything goes well, despite the fact that Fioravante feels guilty about this immoral doing, until the duo meets Avigal (Vanessa Paradis), a beautiful Jewish woman. She has been living alone with her six children after her husband passed away. After causing problems with Avigal’s Jewish community, Fioravante and Avigal are finally split up. Even though Fioravante decides not to continue what they are doing, in the end, they meet an attractive young lady, and it seems like they will be back on business sooner or later. The story leaves with an open ending.
This movie is more of comedy than romance, even though there are some romantic love scenes involving Fioravante and Avigal. It is rated R – restricted, or M, Mature, since it has some sexual content, language and brief nudity. The storytelling is quite flowing with a slow pace. The sudden turn in the end is unexpected yet leaving curiosity to the audience. Some cultural side of the movie also attracts audience in knowing more about Jewish and their traditions. It represents Jewish life quite well and interesting. The whole movie is nicely done, with brilliant camera anglings and great continuity.
I didn't know what Gigolo was. If I'd known, I would've not watched it. It was free movie pre-screening, so I thought, why not? I came home late at night for this, hoping it would've been a good refreshing afterwards. Not that it's not a good movie. It's not my cup of tea. That's pretty much why I rated it low. Cheers!
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