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RELEASED in 2002, Francisco Jose Fernandez's award-winning Eugenio finally arrives to feature in a season of Italian films being screened at the Riverside Studios in London.
It stars top Italian actor Giancarlo Giannini, who plays a middle-aged man with Down's syndrome whose need for self-sufficiency leads him to volunteer to work at the local hospital.
While pruning the bushes, he comes across a young woman vegetating in a wheelchair (Chiara de Bonis) and teaches her to communicate through eye movement and smiles.
Well, he has to, because her self-obsessed mother (Giuliana de Sio) seems incapable of visiting her daughter, never mind communicating, since they've both been abused in the past.
Until, that is, Eugenio gives her a lesson in basic humanity, since she's the woman that he lusted after when he was a young lad and was incapable of working out that she was merely playing around.
It's basically a charming tale with great emphasis on disabled people being given a chance to prove themselves. Sadly, unlike Eugenio, many don't have the advantages of a private income.
A well-meaning message movie with saccharine musical accompaniment, its sweetness is calculated to have you weeping in the aisles if you haven't choked on its patronising tone.