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The Mafia Kills Only in Summer(La mafia uccide solo d'estate)

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Italy · 2013
Rated PG · 1h 30m
Director Pif
Starring Pif, Cristiana Capotondi, Rosario Lisma, Barbara Tabita
Genre Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance

This dark comedy follows over twenty years of Sicilian history through the eyes of one young man: Arturo. As the presence of the Casa Nostra grows, Arturo decides to join the anti-Mafia fight as a journalist -- despite the target placed on his back. Meanwhile, he tries desperately to win the heart of the beautiful Flora.

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Yasmeen Gaber Profile picture for Yasmeen Gaber

This movie is definitely one of the lighter dark comedies. Infused with the heart and love of its child protagonist, The Mafia Kills Only in Summer provokes unexpected laughter with a few poignant, tear-jerking moments. Albeit somewhat simplistic in its messaging, this film is a must-watch for anyone who wants to understand the deeply personal impact of the Sicilian Mafia's violence.

What are critics saying?


Slant Magazine by

Individual politicians, detectives, and mafiosi come and go so quickly that the audience doesn't have enough time to become emotionally invested in their lives and deaths.


Village Voice by Calum Marsh

Diliberto has managed to make a political comedy that seems at once tremendously funny and intensely serious — a provocative, and perhaps even important, combination.


Los Angeles Times by Gary Goldstein

Ambitious, sometimes clever but largely sputtering, The Mafia Kills Only in Summer works better as a childhood memory piece than as an adult tale of love and larceny.


Variety by Jay Weissberg

There are moments when audiences will wonder if laughing about gangland whackings isn’t in bad taste, yet it becomes increasingly clear that the helmer-scripter is using humor to cut Mafia bosses down to size, thereby turning an accusatory glare at an Italy that granted these people power.


Portland Oregonian by Marc Mohan

With a deft touch that veers from wry, absurd humor to appalled outrage, the Italian journalist and satirist Pierfrancesco Diliberto makes a noteworthy film debut with The Mafia Kills Only in the Summer.


Boston Globe by Peter Keough

It’s an awkward balancing act. The result is more Benigni than Bertolucci, and though Diliberto achieves moments of poignancy and touches on insightful psychological truths, it doesn’t look like he’ll be winning any Oscars soon.

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