The wildly entertaining and multi award-winning debut feature from writer-director Edoardo Falcone pits a man with a God-complex against the charismatic local parish priest in an almighty battle of wills.

Se Dio vuole
Director: Edoardo Falcone
Cast: Marco Giallini, Alessandro Gassman, Laura Morante
Duration: 88 mins
Country of Origin: Italy

PGMild themes, coarse language and sexual references


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God Willing

“Exceptional. One of the best Italian comedies of recent years.”
Serena Nannelli, IL GIORNALE

“Warm, enjoyable, funny and wise. A charming comedy of manners. Asks interesting questions about belief, be it in religion, science, family or oneself. Surprising and satisfying.”
Stephen Romei, THE WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN

“Prepare to be converted by this clever comedy. A deftly handled, sharply observed account of faith, reason and family dysfunction that marks Falcone as a filmmaker to watch.”
Vicky Roach, SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

8/10.
“A film with a beautiful heart. Delightful, engaging, moves along at pace, entertaining throughout. What more could you want of a comedy!”
Alex First, 2GB

“Goes down better than an Italian espresso!”
Cara Nash, FILMINK

★★★★
“Refreshing. This dramatic farce is surprisingly compelling.”
Ben McEachen, EMPIRE

★★★★
“Fresh and elegant.”
Maria Andrian, MEDIACRITICA

“Irresistible. An original debut – witty, realistic and poetic.”
Paolo Casella, CINEMA ITALY

WINNER – AUDIENCE PRIZE – 2015 TOKYO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
WINNER – BEST NEW DIRECTOR – 2015 ITALIAN ACADEMY AWARDS
WINNER – BEST NEW DIRECTOR – 2015 ITALIAN NATIONAL SYNDICATE OF FILM JOURNALISTS
NOMINATED – BEST ACTOR (Giallini) – 2015 ITALIAN ACADEMY AWARDS

The #1 smash-hit comedy success of the 2015 Lavazza Italian Film Festival (where it premiered as the Opening Night Gala), this wildly entertaining and multi award-winning debut feature from writer-director Edoardo Falcone is the story of an almighty battle of wills that pits a man with a God complex against the hip local priest.

Tommaso (Marco Giallini) is an esteemed and defiantly self-confident cardiac surgeon, and an unabashed atheist. But the veneer of his perfect life is abruptly cracked when his only son Andrea (Enrico Oetiker) brings the family together for an important announcement; it’s not a heavily speculated-upon declaration relating to his sexuality, but rather – to his father’s great horror – his intention to abandon his medical studies to become a priest!

Tommaso refuses to accept his son’s newfound vocation, and decides to ‘go undercover’ to expose the charismatic Father Don Pietro (Alessandro Gassman) whom he is convinced has brainwashed his son. Meanwhile the other members of the family – unfulfilled wife Carla (a wonderful Laura Morante) and listless daughter Bianca – are provoked by Andrea’s revelation in different ways, undertaking their own renaissance-of-sorts…

Featuring delicious performances from the talented ensemble cast, and a series of set pieces that are mined for explosive laughs, GOD WILLING also has a sly subtext about how change can be triggered not only through personal introspection, but also by a good shock to the system.

God Willing

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