The Nevada Desert, the Boundary between Life and Death \ Antonia Sherka Review of “Little Tito and the Aliens”

The Nevada Desert, the Boundary between Life and Death \  Antonia Sherka Review of “Little Tito and the Aliens”

Little Tito and The Aliens, is an exploration of the relationships and the inner world of people who are separated great distances. From a small Italian village in beautiful Napoli, to the harsh deserts of Nevada in the western United States. This separation creates an isolation that leads our characters to seek a friendly voice in other worlds and dimensions. The film is really a youthful science fiction comedy that uses its otherworldly fantasy to create an imaginary world rooted in the harsh realities of modern life. The film’s message is that whatever means we use to bring us closer, that method still the best way of communication.

The film portrays the iconic scared family, a middle-aged scientist, a young energetic woman with a head full of dreams and ideas, an adventurous, love-obsessed girl, and a mischievous playful little boy. The “family” is treated as mankind’s only hope for salvation and escape from a lonely aimless existence. The film employs a surreal language to teach us a way to cope with the loss of loved ones. It shows that sometimes instead of being shocked we need to admire the mystery that governs our existence, to respect the memory of those we lost but step back into the flow of life and live among the living.

The interesting paradox in the film is that by being a science fiction story we assume that we will be awarded by images of other worlds and transported to the unknown but the truth is that it comforts us with the past and our nostalgia through the use humour.

With this film, Paola Randi has managed to breath new life in to cinema of Italian comedies.

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