Director: Francesco Amato
Genre: Narrative Feature
Running Time: 98 min
Language: Italian w/ English subtitles
Sponsored by: Nancy and Stuart Weiss
Elia (Toni Servillo of the Academy Award-winning The Great Beauty), an uptight, aging psychoanalyst, lives on the same apartment floor as his ex-wife, Giovanna (Carla Signoris). Dependent upon his former partner for everything from washing his underwear to being his theater date on Friday nights, Elia is quite content leading a life that is little more than routine.
After being told by his doctor to seek more exercise in order to avoid serious health problems, Elia reluctantly enlists the assistance of a young, vivacious personal trainer to help him get in shape. Enter Claudia (the adorable Verónica Echegui): Elia’s diametric opposite. Whereas Elia cannot stand even the slightest touch of disorder and chaos, Claudia thrives on it. Dragging Elia into her twisted vortex of failed relationships and familial loose ends, Elia embarks on a journey of self-discovery that leads him to wake up from his prolonged slumber and win back the woman who holds the key to his heart (and oddly enough, his apartment).
LET YOURSELF GO is a charming and smart rom-com that succeeds in delivering a fresh Italian take on the classic Jewish archetypal characters revered in the films of the Marx and Coen Brothers, Mel Brooks, and Woody Allen.
Arrive at 10 AM to get your feet moving and heart pumping in a complimentary Zumba class offered to all ticket holders before the film!
Power snack bags containing protein bars, string cheese, fruit, and bottled water will be distributed to all participants. Ticket holders who would like to attend this optional workout session must RSVP in advance at PJFF.org to be assured a spot. Waivers will be distributed upon arrival and must be signed.
Special Guests: Gail Gaines, Zumba instructor.
For Fans of: Foreign cinema, Italian cinema, Mel Brooks, rom-coms, screwball comedies, the Marx Brothers, Toni Servillo, Woody Allen
Official Selection: Toronto Jewish Film Festival and Washington Jewish Film Festival
Awards: Best Comedy at Italian Golden Globes