Film Description

  • Year: 1991
  • Length: 96 Minutes
  • Country: Italy
  • Genre: Feature, Drama, Comedy
  • Director: Gabriele Salvatores
  • Screenwriter: Enzo Monteleone
  • Cinematographer: Italo Petriccione
  • Cast: Diego Abatantuono, Claudio Bigagli, Giuseppe Cederna, Ugo Conti, Claudio Bisio, Gigio Alberti, Antonio Catania

In 1941, one year after Italy joined Germany against the Allies in World War II, a small group of misfit Italian soldiers is sent to a small Greek island in the Aegean Sea for four months of lookout duty. The soldiers include a lieutenant who likes art, a macho sergeant, a ski instructor accompanied by his beloved donkey Silvana, and other quirky people. The Italian soldiers, unacquainted with a war they clearly do not sense as theirs, are absorbed into the life, heat and landscape of the idyllic island.