Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow

Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture, | Gorky Park, 9/32 Krymsky Val St.
119049 Moscow

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25 Nov 2023, 18:00-19:30
Place Garage Auditorium

NICE 2023. Film Screening: Spotty and Me


An Italian comedy about how there are no rules when it comes to love. The lead is played by Filippo Scotti, star of Paolo Sorrentino’s Hand of God.

Eva is a charming but scatterbrained law student. Matteo is only 22, but he is a talented animator and is already working for a serious Italian company. She is sociable and loves to have fun, but money is always an issue, and he leads a quiet life in a huge designer apartment. At first glance these two have nothing in common other than their age. However, soon Spotty, Matteo’s imaginary dog, for whom he hires Eva as a dog sitter, unexpectedly brings them together and helps them deal with their psychological problems.

Spotty and Me is a film with a deceptively simple plot. Every day a girl comes to play with a boy dressed as a cute cartoon dog and gets paid for it. But the story’s simplicity conceals a layer of pain and loneliness with which Eva and Matteo have got used to living, and, at the same time, there is much mutual joy as a result of their meetings and relief at finally being understood. This film by Cosimo Gomez, who is known primarily as the designer of numerous Italian films and TV series, is full of nice but subtle details, such as the fact that the lead actor’s sounds similar to that of his alter ego. The cinematographic freedom and desire for escapism in Spotty and Me prompt comparisons with the work of Michel Gondry, another well-known film fantasist. The action of this strange and touching romance takes place against the architectural beauty of Bologna in Italy, which adds yet more charm to this delightful, good-natured, and colorful film by Gomez.