Screening @ qFLIX Worcester 2019, Friday, October 11 @ 5:00 PM
I mean, what’s a road trip without oodles of rumination, valuable moments of instant attraction and a pair of thirty-year-old males that are not only CHILDHOOD besties, but potential soulmates. Ah, turn this way, please…
In “Drive Me Home,” an elegantly pieced Italian drama by Simone Catania (“Onde Corte,” “Smokings”), we watch as Antonio (Vinicio Marchioni) and Agostino (Marco D’Amore) resurrect a friendship that quietly dissolved years before. As kids, these boys spoke of traveling the world with reckless ambition. As adults, they find themselves reconnected, sandwiched inside a truck and traveling a great deal of distance together after a key element in the plot is introduced. Both men are handsome with refined, somewhat vulnerable faces and equally intriguing personalities. Now aged, semi and well traveled, a new mission is installed by our two leads: return to the past, even if just for a moment.
Explain that to me? As it turns out, Antonio’s childhood home is able to be sold at the drop of a hat. He wishes to purchase it for himself at auction. It’s a classic psychological tactic when you really examine the matter. What’s he really buying? What was left when he left? Where does Agostino really fit in the puzzle and are these youngish fellows going to be able to keep their trousers on long enough to even make it back in time to cut the check? These are all stakes that are deeply rooted in “Drive Me Home’s” core.
And, with that, it’s a remarkable tale of two fellas who find out they live just a stone’s throw from each other in Belgium teaming up (just like in old times) and returning to where they came from. Director Catania does a masterful job in pacing the dialogue and using time and memory as powerful metaphors for the entirety of the movie. It’s really not surprising though, at least to this critic who’s semi-familiar with the auteur’s work.
With a running time at one hour and forty-minutes, “Drive Me Home” is a tremendous contribution to independent filmmaking. For the intellectual student of drama, it’s a great study of sensuality, rumination, personal history. For someone looking for a skin flick, it’s far from porn but that doesn’t mean there’s going to be any lack of flesh to drool over. Remember: these are GORGEOUS Italian boys we are talking about after all. Plus, it’s been so long since they’ve been close, if you know what I’m getting at here…
Please take the time to watch Catania’s film. It really is as good as we are claiming it to be, not to mention well-acted by the two leads. There is nothing like a good drama and what LGBTQ+ person doesn’t love a good one at heart? Plus, there’s also something peaceful to note about going back to the start. Isn’t it something we all can relate to, sometimes? Go and see this one, team. There are plenty of surprises installed, some of which might even encourage your own Italian road trip.
Directed by Simone Catania, 1h 34min, Drama, 2019, Italy