Mario leads a normal life, working in a Milan bank. His daily routine is shattered when he witnesses a murder and is shot himself by the killer, a deranged police commissioner. To save his ... See full summary »

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Diego Abatantuono ...
Mario Tozzi
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Anita
Claudio Bisio ...
Alex
Renato Carpentieri ...
Commissario Viola
Antonio Catania ...
Di Gennaro
Elena Callegari ...
Woman in Bank
Leonardo Gajo ...
Bank Colleague
Corinna Agustoni ...
Nurse
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Maid (as Niki Mondelini)
Son y la Rumba ...
Band in Bar
Jorge Fegán ...
Man in Pawnshop
Paco Mauri ...
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Mexican Group
Yolanda Orisaga ...
Carmen
Yolo Lucio ...
Carmen's Son
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Mario leads a normal life, working in a Milan bank. His daily routine is shattered when he witnesses a murder and is shot himself by the killer, a deranged police commissioner. To save his life, he must abandon his life and flee to Puerto Escondido, Mexico. When he runs out of money he teams up with Alex and Anita, a couple of Italians that will lead him on to a series of adventures and encounters with drug dealers, corrupt police officers and other weird characters. Written by Giancarlo Cairella <vertigo@imdb.com>

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On a panel on a wall you can read "La vita è un fiume: attraversalo ma non costruirci una casa sopra - Proverbio Indu", which means: "Life is a bridge. Cross over it, but don't build a house on it. - Indian Proverb" See more »

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Good film, much better book
27 April 2013 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Salvatores has been directing movies for more than twenty years, and most of them are very watchable with great ones every now and then. This title, although I enjoyed it a lot, is to me a bit of a hit and miss. The casting is good (the usual Abatantuono, Bisio, Bentivoglio etc.), the film flows quite alright and some of the points it makes are spot on. Yet years later I decided to read the book and I found out the story was just much better, and could have made a greater film, or even a short series, if budget wasn't a problem (in Italy often is). The comedic turn Salvatores decided to make doesn't convince me thoroughly, and although it is funny, it's not as good as other films he made (Mediterraneo, Marrakech Express). To all the Italian readers (because I don't know if it has been translated in any other languages) I can only advise to read Pino Cacucci's book, if you like travels and serious storytelling, it's the right book for you. Ah, and be careful because you'll become obsessed about going to Mexico!


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