Italian director Andrea Magnani finds the right tone in his first feature-length film Easy, a black comedy that shows a morbidly obese and almost catatonically depressed Italian man, Isi, trying to transport a coffin from Italy to a village in the Ukrainian Carpathians.
Completely dedicated to his character, actor Nicola Nocella is Isidoro, a man who lives with his protective mother in an Italian town. His brother, Filo (Libero De Rienzo), is the achiever of the family, but gets into trouble when a Ukrainian worker, Taras, falls to his death on a construction site that Filo is in charge of. In order to escape an investigation, Filo begs his brother, a former go-kart racing champion, to do what he loves most: drive. The fact that Isi has to drive a hearse containing Taras’ coffin from Italy to Ukraine is only a mere detail in the opinion of the always too optimistic Filo.
An extremely rare Italy-Ukraine co-production, Easy doesn’t shy away from exploring the Eastern frigid (thankfully, given Isi’s charge), wild and mountainous landscapes. In the absence of his mother’s carefully chosen meals, Isi is drawn to new experiences, and, as destiny piles misadventures onto his plate, the hero discovers hospitality, with Easy becoming a love letter to Eastern Europe.
Stefan Dobroiu, Cineuropa