Seduced and Abandoned

Genre:  Comedy, Documentary, Drama
Release year:  2008

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Mistakenly labeled as a neorealist drama in some sources, Seduced and Abandoned is actually a slyly constructed Italian domestic comedy (could anyone have really taken that florid title seriously?) Aldo Puglisi plays a love 'em and leave 'em type who impregnates the teen-aged sister (Stefania Sandrelli) of his own fiancee (Paola Biggio).

Saro Urzi, the girls' infuriated father, insists that Puglisi break off with the older girl to marry the younger. The police get into the act, threatening to arrests Puglisi for corrupting the morals of a minor. Through some quick thinking on his part, Puglisi manages to get the younger girl to indignantly refuse his hand in marriage.

The family is torn asunder by this incident, with darkly comic results.

Director: James Toback

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