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L'arte della felicità (2013)

A taxi driver who lives in Napoli spend his time on his uncle's car thinking about happiness. His former brother took a road for happiness practicing Buddhism while he is always sad and ... See full summary »

Director:

Alessandro Rak

Writers:

Alessandro Rak (screenplay), Luciano Stella (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leandro Amato Leandro Amato ... Sergio Cometa (voice)
Nando Paone ... Alfredo Cometa (voice)
Renato Carpentieri ... Zio Luciano Cometa (voice)
Jun Ichikawa ... Antonia (voice)
Lucio Allocca Lucio Allocca ... Padre di Sergio e Alfredo (voice)
Iolanda Semez Iolanda Semez ... Signora Pinotta / Madre di Sergio e Alfredo (voice)
Patrizia Di Martino Patrizia Di Martino ... Erika / Donne napoletane (voice)
Antonio Brachi Antonio Brachi ... Il gallerista (voice)
Ciro Cesarano Ciro Cesarano ... Nando (voice)
Silvia Baritska Silvia Baritska ... Lariza (voice)
Riccardo Polizzy Carbonelli Riccardo Polizzy Carbonelli ... Speaker (voice)
Luigi Meola Luigi Meola ... Sergio bambino (voice)
Matteo Russo Matteo Russo ... Alfredo bambino (voice)
Gennaro Matino Gennaro Matino ... Il parroco (voice) (as Don Gennaro Matino)
Paola Tortora Paola Tortora ... Donna napoletana dal basso (voice)
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A taxi driver who lives in Napoli spend his time on his uncle's car thinking about happiness. His former brother took a road for happiness practicing Buddhism while he is always sad and melancholic. He listens to a radioshow called the art of happiness as a remembering idea of what is the goal of life. Do we have just one life or are we living again and again forever? Written by idiay

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | Neapolitan | English

Release Date:

21 November 2013 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

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Best Debut Award at Raindance Film Festival - London 2013 See more »

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References Yuppi du (1975) See more »

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Written by Claudio Domestico - Gnut
Performed by Claudio Domestico - Gnut
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Contemplative and beautiful
19 January 2015 | by joris-nightwalkerSee all my reviews

Waking Life meets Alois Nebel but without the rotoscoping. This melancholic portrait of an ex-musician that became a taxi driver, is a beautifully drawn animated film with lots of dialogue about life, love and loss. With some minor contemporary criticisms and lots of religious contemplations, L'arte della felicità knows how to captivate its audiences, provoke some thoughts and, most of all, create a gloomy yet meditative atmosphere. This might be one of those films that grows on you after seeing it. Rewatching it later in life might have another effect exactly because of that. Time will tell. Nevertheless, since this picture resembles one of my favorite movies of all time (Waking Life), it was bound to be compared to that and, of course, it isn't as good. Some of the storyline in L'arte della felicità is quite boring, which slows the experience down a bit. Nonetheless a very good and partly successful attempt of bringing something interesting on the (animated) screen. Nicely done!


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