Fading Gigolo, Hollywood English film movie review, Johnson Thomas, Rating: * * *'
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Fading Gigolo(English) Rating: * * * Subtly nuanced entertainment Woody Allen style. John Turturro directs the wonderful ensemble cast of well-known faces. It has a strikingly blended narrative!
English Film Review
Film: Fading Gigolo
Cast: Woody Allen, Johns Turturro, Sophia Vergara, Sharon Stone, Live Shreiber, Max Casella, Vanessa Paradis
Director: John Turturro
Rating: * * *
Synopsis: Writer/Director/Actor John Turturro’s ‘Fading Gigolo’ centers on an elderly new York bookstore owner(Woody Allen) who starts pimping by turning his middle aged friend(Turturro) into a gigolo hoping to offset the potential losses from the sinking store.
In this film Turturro plays Fioravante who hires himself out to frustrated middle aged women seeking pleasure. It’s a lark at first. Then he finds himself falling in love and then kaput he has to make do.
Turturro’s Fiorovante, with his big soulful eyes and sensitive lovemaking technique, quiet multi-lingual erudition and his flower-arrangement skills is a hit with the ladies(Sharon Stone, Sofia Vergara). Once he gets set up with Avigal(Vanessa Paradis), a relatively young, repressed , lonely widoe of a Rabbi, Fioravante finds himself on a different wicket. A hint of a romance is in the offing but it doesn’t last long because there is another suitor(Live Shreiber) vying for the widow’s attention. Murray and Fioravante are making a lot of dough in the side business so they won’t have to worry much about the store. What they worry about , if at all, is how to keep it long-running. Murray has his ideas but Fioravante may not be all that obliging anymore…
Of course the premise is pretty much outlandish and there’s not much development happening other than those of the sexual kind. The romance track is severely understated. What keeps you interested the most is the quirky conversations, the understated background score and the restrained tongue-in-cheek performances. The ensemble cast do a fine nuanced job allowing for a tone that is at once quirky, mildly humorous and remarkably tangible. Allen, Turturro, Paradis, Stone, Vergara give off their best and make this a movie worth engaging with!