‘Tolo Tolo’: A Journey between Dreams and Fortune

Claudio Zonta SJ

 Claudio Zonta SJ / Culture / 25 March 2020

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Tolo Tolo is the latest film written, directed and starring actor Checco Zalone (whose real name is Luca Medici). It deals with the theme of forced migration. Due to the drama and topicality of the subject, it has been controversial, polarizing opinion.

The backstory is set with the telling of the disastrous business venture of Pierfrancesco Zalone – more commonly known as Checco, and therefore with an explicit reference to the comedian’s own life – who, unlikely as it sounds, has decided to open a sushi restaurant in the town of Spinazzola. Overwhelmed by debt, he flees to Africa, leaving his family to pay his debts.

In this new situation we find him busy working as a waiter in an exclusive and paradisiacal tourist village in Kenya called African Dream. The colors and the cinematography are vibrant and reassuring, with scenery that is breathtaking and fascinating.

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