Italian film hit laughs at recession
ROME (REUTERS) - As Italy drags itself out of the deepest recession since World War II, Italians are laughing at a holiday film that makes fun of their country's economic woes.
"Sole a Catinelle" (which roughly translates as "The Sun is Shining Cats and Dogs") has made 50 million euros (S$87 million) at the box-office in less than a month, a success not rivalled in Italian cinemas since James Cameron's 2009 film Avatar.
The film is set in today's Italy, overloaded with public debt and struggling to emerge from recession with a jobless rate of more than 40 per cent among non-studying 15-24-year-olds.
The story focuses on 36-year-old Luca Medici from Bari, in the southeastern region of Puglia, a husband and father who, like many Italians, has lived for years beyond his means.