Film: Let Yourself Go

Dr. Elia Venezia, a Jewish psychoanalyst, lives and works in the Roman ghetto. He is separated from his wife – but with a very thin wall between their respective bedrooms. Elia’s methodical, self-centered existence is livened up only by the weirdness of his clients.

One day his blood sugar levels send him to the doctor, who orders him to shape up fast, putting him on a diet and prescribing exercise. This leads him to a zesty Spanish personal trainer named Claudia. A single mother to an undisciplined child, Claudia could use some life coaching herself. Together, this mismatched pair makes strides in healing both body and soul.

Winner of the 2017 Italian Golden Globe for Best Comedy.

The film screening will be followed with remarks via Skype by Philip Balma, Associate Professor of Italian Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of Connecticut-Storrs. Dr. Balma held a fellowship in Milan in 2011 to study Italian Jewry.

The film screening and talk are open to the public at no charge (an $8 donation is suggested). The film runs 107 minutes and is in Italian with English subtitles. (Click to see the trailer or read a review.)

  • Sat, Feb 24, 2018
    8:00 pm - 10:00 pm