The Man Without Gravity Review - Magical realism and charm in a touching story of a gifted man

The Man Without Gravity Review - Magical realism and charm in a touching story of a gifted man
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This Italian original streaming on Netflix comprises names like Elio Germano, Michela Cescon, Elena Cotta, Silvia D'Amico, Vincent Scarito, Pietro Pescara, Jennifer Brokshi, Andrea Pennacchi, Cristina Donadio, Francesco Procopio and Salvio Simeoli. When a story about sharing a special gift or talent to the world is well translated into the visual medium, then you get The Man Without Gravity. This Italian film follows the story of a man who has reversed the law of gravity. An interesting fact remains that if the man isn’t pulled down with a weighed heavy backpack, he floats up in the air. The execution of the plot is indeed touching and exudes originality. Inspired by Stephen King’s 2018 novella Elevation, The Man Without Gravity may be a slightly different idea but it is presented well. The only problem is its overlong narrative. The story is about a youngster (Pietro Pescara, Oscar who remains concealed in an overprotective family comprising his mother Natalia (Michela Cescon) and grandmother Alina (Elena Cotta). He later gets noticed for his out-of-the-world talent identified by his manager David (Vincent Scarito) and his confidante, Agata (Jennifer Brokshi as a youngster; Silvia D’Amico as an adult). The film balances its fairy-tale-like quality with much needed thematic depth despite being boring at times. Directed by Marco Bonfanti, the film has strong performances from its lead cast. This Art House International drama is authentic, heart-warming, in combination with a unique conflict. The story has been jointly written by Marco Bonfanti and Giulio Carrieri. The Man Without Gravity has been produced by the Isaria Productions and Zagora along with Rai Cinema, while co-produced by Belgium’s Climax Films.

Rating: 3.5/5

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