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Cost of Living



Italy, 2005, - Color - 50 min.

DIRECTED BY:
Candido Torchio

CAST:
Brandon Nowell, Michael Fitzpatrick, Sheila Stucbery, Francesco Mazzini

SCREENPLAY:
Candido Torchio

PRODUCER:
One Man Band Film Maker

STORY DESCRIPTION:

An average family living in a future that couldn’t be far away. Billy, aged twelve, is young enough to appear not yet contaminated by the distressing mediocrity of his parents, whose relationship with him – their only son – is a mirror of the emptiness of their quiet and useless lives. But there is something that stimulates their emotion and greed: the numberless electronic devices everywhere in their house, the first and last reason to live in the ultimate welfare society of those times. The “day in the life” of this family, a real symbol of the true end of history narrated in the movie, is the one in which the new purchases are decided, when a longed for commercial agent is visiting their house; that fellow is felt by these wrectched people as a gift dispenser, an essential link between man and the manufacturer of the thousand gadgets which make life worth living. But sill we are in an exquisitely capitalistic society in which is vital to sell the great amount of goods produced, even so whom cannot afford it, and this way of life is extremely expensive; so expensive to ask for a real, modern agreement with the devil. Coming back from school at night time, Billy will painfully come to know from his father – now pushed by the holy fire that moves, he who knows the ultimate truth – that it is unthinkable to illude that he can avoid the hard law ruling the best of the possible worlds.
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