The Hidden Review: Mixed by Erry - Film Review

"Hey Dad, are we poor?"

The THR has been at the XX1V edition of Napoli Film Festival 2023, where it premiered the movie "Mixed by Erry" written by Sidney Sibilia, Armando Festa, and directed by Sidney Sibilia starring Luigi D'oriano, Giuseppe Arena, Emanuele Palumbo, Cristiana Dell'Anna, Adriano Pantaleo, Francesco Di Leva, Fabrizio Gifuni.

It is a movie inspired by true events and as a comedy genre, produced by Groenlandia and distributed by 01 Distribution.

It shares the story of three real brothers, played by Luigi D'Oriano (Erry), Giuseppe Arena (Peppe), and Emanuele Palumbo (Angelo) of the Frattasio family from a Neapolitan county called Forcella, and it all starts back in 1976 where they were kids and living with their parents.

Since that day, they came from not a rich family but a modest poor one, however, while working with their father, they experienced some fraud methods to fool people in exchange for money to survive.

However, while Erry is becoming older, one of the brothers, he developed the ability to be talented in understanding any music and soundtracks worldwide and recognising the taste of the people around him.

Therefore, as soon as they were almost in their 20s, Erry and Peppe found a way to sell music with acoustic cassettes to people in their county. However, all of them were imitations with a compilation of different songs of that period from the best music bands and singers of the 80s. All these compilations became a brand named "Mixed by Erry".

In fact, these compilations led them to become richer and richer and made them call themselves "King of plagiarism", however, their trade encountered a cop who tracked them down and stopped their business for good.

The director, Sidney Sibilia, has been able to share an unusual story in a way that is comedic and, at times, dramatic while making compelling connections with each character. In fact, the bonding of the three brothers played by these young actors shows how strong their relationship is.

Moreover, the setting and the atmosphere reflect very well the 80s and 90s, as well as the accuracy of the costumes, locations, vehicles, and so the timing in which in 1987 Napoli Football Club won their first championship referencing, for example, during the celebration Angelo wore the Maradona's wig referring that to the most important Football player in the world who played in Napoli back in the 80s and 90s.

Simultaneously, the music envelops the aforementioned elements, evoking a sense of nostalgia for the bygone era characterized by the 80s and 90s, distinct from the contemporary period.

Therefore, the cast, crew, and production team did a terrific job of being accurate in all these aspects, which increased the value of this film even more, and to say proudly to them that it is a masterpiece for this generation.

Overall, the story itself helps to give more value to this film.

The movie is now available on Netflix.

Congratulations, cast and crew!

Hidden Fire stars 9/10 ⭐️

Review written by Al Fenderico.

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