The Italian Film Festival is currently playing at Palace Cinemas Adelaide East End and Prospect Cinemas. One of the first films we have reviewed this year is Il Campione, (The Champion). The film is an Italianised version of Goodwill hunting too cool it short. It seems what Italian film makers lack in budgets, they tend to make up with solid story telling. The film revolves around young As Roma hot shot football superstar Christiano (played by Andrea Carpenzano), he has the world at his feet, has money, fame, fortune and all the extravagance of being a famous superstar, but his football future is dealt the ultimate blow when he is told his career will be ended, until he changes his partying ways from his club. When his club force him to attend private tutoring by a mysterious professor Valerio (Stefano Accorsi), he soon realises the most important things in life don’t revolve around his money, fame or his fake friends and troubled father. Through lessons and friendship his tutor sets him on a path of discovery, for once he realises that he is on a journey and that life has many lessons, that he hasn’t learnt on the football field. Love can’t be bought and family can’t be manipulated, the young Christitan will learn life’s true lessons from a washed up teacher, with his own troubled past. Will Christian succeed in maturing and learning what it takes to be a real champion…not just a champion in the eyes of his fans… for the final answer head into the movies now!
While the film is short on theatrics and extravagance it still tells a humble story of life and for those looking for a piece of entertainment free from sex, violence and Hollywood extravagance, I offer “Il Campione” a2hr piece of fun cinema, which might make you question your own morals and path.