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Ciao (2008)

Adam Neal Smith , Alessandro Calza , Yen Tan  |  R |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Adam Neal Smith, Alessandro Calza
  • Directors: Yen Tan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: E1 Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 23, 2010
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00316DDZY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,278 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ciao" on IMDb

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After his best friend Mark dies, Jeff decides to meet Andrea, an Italian man who Mark has been internet dating. The two strangers quickly bond and develop a meaningful friendship that changes their lives forever.

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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ciao is a must have addition to any DVD collection. March 23, 2010
After a two year wait the movie that became a darling on the film festival circuit back in 2008 is finally available on DVD, Ciao. Ciao is latest work by Dallas filmmaker Yen Tan and begins with Jeff (Adam Neil Smith) informing an out of town stranger that their mutual friend, Mark, has passed away. The strangers, Andrea (Alessandro Calza), travel plans to visit Mark are subsequently cut short upon the dreadful news. It is here, in most circumstances that the door to such a story would have closed. Instead Ciao opens a door of possibilities and delves into a narrative about a loss and a find.

Amid Mark's absence and his posthumous role as the catalyst that brings Jeff and Andrea together it'll be easy for the audience to presume what path this new relationship is headed toward, but fortunately Ciao is not that predictable. The assumption of how this story turns out is largely due to the obvious attraction between Andrea and Jeff. Do they fall for each other? Do they remain the strangers that they really are? Not sure if you will come away with an answer to either of those questions but without a doubt you will fall for both Andrea and Jeff. Their sympathetic characterization and their genuine chemistry make it difficult to not be fond of them both and the film overall.

Yen Tan nicely relies on, if not to a fault, the mise-en scene to convey the somber nuance in Ciao. The music, the one too many scenes void of dialogue and the alluring cinematography all do just as much of a job in conveying the various tones in the film as the actual performances from the actors.

There is nothing grandiose or extravagant about this little film and it didn't need to be. Ciao never tried to be more than it was is and demonstrates that less definitely can be more.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Well, after responding to the first post that offended my respect of this nuanced, thoughtful movie, I kept scrolling down to see how many people slammed it and thought I'd balance things out a bit by giving hope to the few people who are looking for a film experience and not beefcake idiocy.

This film DOES move slowly. Its about dealing with the aftermath of major loss. If you've experienced this in your personal life at all, in any form, you know the void that sets in. You can barely function and the days are blurry and mundane. This film boldly attempts to recreate that in every way, not just through dialogue or over-acted, Kleenex-filed emotional monologues. The lighting, pacing, music, stillness of shots it all adds up to create the nuanced mood that I thought was a major triumph for the film.

The unique nature of some of the shots ARE off-setting at times, but they always happen in moments in the film when we SHOULD feel awkward--dinner w/ a stranger, cleaning out the deceased's home, walking into the bedroom with a hottie you don't know/shouldn't be attracted to. B-R-I-L-L-I-A-N-T!!!! Kudos to the filmmakers for believing in viewers; that we actually want to think for ourselves at times. Especially in an age when everyone wants to "make it big" and knows the formula to do it, I loved that this was SO far from what I expected. The scene everyone quoted as terrible with the actors moving out of focus was my favorite cinema moment of the past few years. The shot stays on the doorway, which frames the bed, as they continue around the corner with mundane, awkward convo, but the visual focus is what's on everyone's mind: the source of the sexual tension. Will they? Wont they? Should they even think about it? Why not?
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwrenchingly Subtle - Beautiful June 15, 2010
This was a wonderfully subtle film. Although primarily focusing on Jeff and Andrea, there was always a powerful third character present- the overwhelming and mind-numbing grief both men felt for Mark.

That grief was practically tangible throughout the entire film and I think those that enjoyed the film recognize that. And to those that say that the film felt disjointed and stilted, I say that it was a perfect expression of that intense grief.

I liked the fact the fact that they (Andrea and Jeff) became intimate the way they did, it was sensual and plausible and more meaningful than any sort of a trope hookup. The minimalist music was fantastic and again, the stretches of absolute silence in the film added to the sensation of grief and loss. The ending worked for me as well, giving both men the reminder that there is a future without Mark, and that just maybe that future could include each other.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Three words: passionless talking heads June 10, 2010
The story is compelling, the actors are attractive, and I really expected to like this movie. But almost every scene exemplifies the term "talking heads" - there's excessive dialogue (mostly contrived and awkwardly improbable) and the lead actor (Adam Neal Smith) is rigid and monotonous. You can tell he's *trying* to convey inner turmoil, but it's never convincing in any of his just-read-the-lines interaction with other characters. I can appreciate a "strong silent type" angle, but his delivery is unmotivated and unbelievable as someone who just lost his best friend. When he breaks down in tears near the end, it's a powerful moment where his acting is finally fitting for the story - but then the movie cuts to the next scene where he's jarringly just as dry and stiff as before.

Basically, the story is interesting and the actors are attractive, but the dialogue and the delivery are really lacking. This could have been a great movie if the main actor loosened up and they pared down the dialogue. I know the script was trying to cover a lot of ground, but we don't need *that* much character background.

The Italian actor (Alessandro Calza) in contrast, is much more natural and believable with his part. I hope to see him in more movies in the future.

Story: B
Script: C
Acting: C
Eye Candy: A-

Here's a great example of the awkward dialogue:

Jeff: Here, put some of this on your chicken.
Andrea: Mmm, what is it?
Jeff: It's peach juice mixed with yogurt and mustard.
Andrea: Wow. Your own recipe?
Jeff: Well, it was an accidental discovery at a buffet. See, my sister and I, we had a dare that we'll try anything we put together. So she did a jello and green bean casserole mix, and it was terrible.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Two super sexy guys in a moving story
Two super sexy guys in a moving story. Not a super happy movie.
Published 3 months ago by Chuck
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
I liked the movie. Could have been more kissing but that's ok.
I would recommend this movie to any one.
Published 10 months ago by Jody
4.0 out of 5 stars Goodbye Mark, Ciao Andrea.
CIAO (2008). Rated R. Running Time: One hour, 27 mins.
Directed by Yen Tan. Written by Yen Tan and Alessandro Calza. Read more
Published 10 months ago by James McDonald
4.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful gem of a movie
Excellent acting, the tone of the movie is quiet and somber throughout, which suits the theme of the story throughout. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Eric
4.0 out of 5 stars Adam's (Jeff) acting is really great....
Adam's performance as what I like most,. acting just by his eyes.
you could feel his pain of loss, betrayals & rejection from the person he love
Published 14 months ago by Antonio De Juan
5.0 out of 5 stars Pulls at your heart.
So many Gay stories are based on sex or the people in the stories are individuals that you can't relate to. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Person
5.0 out of 5 stars Very touching story.
A must view with terrific acting. Watchable many times. Thoughtful and very realistic portrayal of a difficult time. Very intriguing story line.
Published 18 months ago by Mr. James W. Bethune
4.0 out of 5 stars A reallity check of what life is like after loosing someone you love.
I've been there and know how those feelings can affecct you. You really would like to see something more come of the story when the movie ends.
Published 19 months ago by KB in OC
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Movie!
Two Men meet in Texas, one from there, the other from Italy. They come together mourning the loss of a friend and really
begin to know each other. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Philip
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
This is a simple movie about 2 gay men who come together in their grief of a lost loveone and in this they find they have more in common than their love one..
Published 22 months ago by no can do
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