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Film / Ricomincio Da Tre

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Ricomincio da Tre (translated to English as I'm Starting from Three) is the first film made by Massimo Trosi, later of the Il Postino fame. Troisi stars as Gaetano, a young Neapolitan who is bored of life at home and longs to travel the world. He goes to stop with his aunt in Florence, and along the way meets a host of unusual characters; one of whom may turn out to be his true love.


  • Contrived Coincidence: On his first day in Florence, Gaetano just happens to spot Marta in front of him; except he can't bring himself to approach her, instead electing to run around the block and bump into her.
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  • The Danza: Lello Arena as Raffaele "Lello" Sodano.
  • Driven to Suicide: An almost literal example with the man who picks Gaetano up on the autostrada, only to begin talking about how his life is deteriorating and suicide is the only option, specifically suicide by car crash. Gaetano frantically tries to talk him out of it before he is able to take the man to a mental institute.
  • Egocentrically Religious: Gaetano's father Ugo speaks to the Virgin Mary every night about restoring his arm, and suggests to his priest that perhaps that God just hasn't gotten round to fixing his arm yet.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Gaetano often dreams that he is fighting in a war, but his gun always jams or otherwise fails to work. He reasons that, being an insomniac, he has gotten to sleep much later than everyone else, who have taken the opportunity to secure the best weapons for themselves.
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  • The Good Shepherd: Frankie the missionary, who lets Gaetano stay with him during his time in Florence.
  • The Load: Lello turns up when Gaetano is barely settled in Florence seeking a place to stay, and insists Gaetano accompany him until they find a suitably priced bed and breakfast. Whilst Lello sits on the handlebars of Gaetano's bicycle no less.
  • Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe: Marta doesn't know if her baby is Gaetano's or a school boy she slept with.
  • Mrs. Robinson: Marta, as we later discover, has slept with a seventeen year old schoolboy.
  • My Beloved Smother: Robertino's mother, which has led to him becoming extremely awkward.
  • Nice Guy: Gaetano, who generally tries to what's best for people (thought this sometimes backfires on him). Also Frankie, the missionary that he stays with.
  • Parental Sexuality Squick: Not quite, but Gaetano becomes quite disturbed at the thought of his aunt's affair with a famous professor (who is surprisingly frank and friendly about the matter.)
  • Running Gag: Whenever Gaetano mentions he is travelling from Milan, he is always referred to as an emigrant.
    • Lello's tendency to ring the alarm bell or the phone whilst he is just outside the door.
    • Gaetano trying to use telepathy on objects in order to gain fame and fortune.
  • Verbal Tic: The madman in the asylum has "pride and dignity!" ("Orgoglio e dignità").
  • With Friends Like These...: Gaetano and Lello.

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