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The Friends at the Margherita Cafe (2009)

90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Bologna, 1954. Taddeo, a young man of 18 whom everyone calls Kid, dreams of becoming one of the regulars of the mythical Margherita Café, located under the portico across from his family's home. Through a ploy, he manages to get work as ...See moreBologna, 1954. Taddeo, a young man of 18 whom everyone calls Kid, dreams of becoming one of the regulars of the mythical Margherita Café, located under the portico across from his family's home. Through a ploy, he manages to get work as the chauffeur for Al, the neighborhood's most glamorous and mysterious resident. Having been taken under Al's wing, Taddeo gets to witness the adventures of Bep, who is in love with Marcella the entraineuse; the trials and tribulations of Gian, an aspiring singer and the victim of a horrible practical joke; the crazy behavior of Manuelo, a small-time robber with a sex phobia; the meanness of Zanchi, inventor of the elastic necktie; and the bizarre manias of Sarti, a ballroom dancing champion who wears his tux day and night. And Taddeo's home life is no less out of the ordinary, considering his mother is being led on by the family physician while his grandfather has fallen head over heels for a well-built piano teacher. Written by Starz Denver Film Festival See less
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Pupi Avati (screenplay)
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Nov 13, 2009 (United States)

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Laura Chiatti
Marcella Marcella   See fewer
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Luigi Lo Cascio
Manuelo Manuelo   See fewer
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Bob Messini
Mentos Mentos   See fewer
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Caterina Sylos Labini
Teacher Scaglioni Teacher Scaglioni   See fewer
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Maria Pia Timo
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Gianni Fantoni
Gian's Father Gian's Father   See fewer
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Gisella Marengo
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Katia Ricciarelli
Taddeo's Mother Taddeo's Mother   See fewer
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Kristina Cepraga
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Cesare Cremonini
Bortoloni Bortoloni   See fewer
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Francesca De Martini
Sig.ra del treno Sig.ra del treno   See fewer
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Fabrizio Imas
Musician Musician   See fewer
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Nela Lucic
Soubrette Soubrette   See fewer
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mother of Manolo mother of Manolo   See fewer
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Walter Walter   See fewer
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5.9 / 10 | 582 votes