The Man Who Bought The Moon: Review

The Man Who Bought The Moon

When word spreads that an anonymous Sardinian has laid claim to none other but the moon, the entire planet Earth shivers. Secret services across the globe are sent into a frenzy trying to find the man in question. 

An unlikely bleach blonde secret agent, Sardinian born paratrooper Kevin Pirelli (Jacopo Cullin), is blackmailed into fulfilling such a vital mission. However, Kevin needs to undertake a strict training regime to become a ‘proper’ Sardinian, fully versed in all its quirky traditions and mannerisms, before he’s ready to leave mainland behind to cross the Tyrrhenian Sea. And that’s when he’s paired up with terrifying expat Badore (Benito Ugo) and undertakes a series of improbable challenges to prove that he’s got what it takes to blend with the locals and complete the mission.

The movie, presented in London at the Cinema Made in Italyfestival, was accurately described by its programmer Adrian Wootton as a ‘zany Sardinian set slapstick comedy, a sort of Italian Johnny English as an inept spy trying to infiltrate a traditional community”.

And that’s precisely whatThe Man Who Bought The Moonis, a surreal, absurdist journey aiming to push the boundaries of comedic drama while handing out a succession of breathtaking sceneries. 

Toying with stereotypes, caricatures and exaggerations of all sorts, the result is a deliciously arty and far fetched slapstick. Not your average comedy, Paolo Zucca’s The Man Who Bought The Moonturns into an unexpectedly touching narrative with a visually spectacular ending.

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