This is the story of Rosario and Matteo, two teenagers who reach that particular stage in life in which a young person starts to yearn for independence. Rosario, who is originally from the very south of Italy, is helped by Luigi and thanks to him he will go and live in the north of Italy. Luigi is from the south too but has a good job in Turin. He wants to give Rosario a chance to redeem himself and offer him, at the same time, an opportunity to confront his beliefs with the ones of his son Matteo. –cineuropa.org
Mimmo Calopresti (born 1955 in Polistena, Calabria) is an Italian film director, screenwriter, producer and actor. He has directed 16 films since 1987. His film The Second Time was entered into the 1996 Cannes Film Festival. —Wikipedia
This understated, cards-close-to-its-chest drama shows the cultural divide between north and south Italy (both corrupt, though in different ways) and its influence on the failure of relatives and friends to connect in the tidy, ordered ways we expect from conventional movies. The finale of this too-obscure film dares to disappoint our expectations but suggests the sound of the sea is enough to keep a man going.
I caught half this film on television, years ago, quite by chance. I was arrested by its taciturnity, by its luminosity, by the delicacy and the brittleness of the connections between the characters. It has a depth of connection to place, and the silent struggle of North and South, that links it to so many great Italian films.