Mambo Italiano

Director: Émile Gaudreault Year: 2003 Run Time: 99min
Mambo Italiano (2003)

A rollicking comedy that takes place in a colourful version of Montreal’s Petite Italie, Mambo Italiano is the tale of Angelo Barbarini (Kirby), the son of Italian-Canadian immigrants, who has been teased all his life for being “different.”

At nearly 30 years of age, Angelo shocks his parents — and the entire community — by brazenly defying tradition: He moves out to live his own life despite not being married. Free at last, he falls in love with his long-lost childhood chum Nino (Miller), and the two move in together. They try to keep their sexuality a secret, while their families worry, suspect and scheme to set them up with nice Italian girls. It’s not easy being Italian and gay, and when the pressures of his double life begin to overwhelm Angelo, his reactions set off an explosively funny chain of surprise revelations, comic reversals and unexpected outcomes.

Mambo Italiano was nominated for six Canadian Comedy Awards.


Émile Gaudreault


Steve Galluccio, Émile Gaudreault


Daniel Louis, Denise Robert


Paul Sorvino, Luke Kirby, Ginette Reno, Peter Miller, Mary Walsh


Comedy, Drama


English, Dubbed in French


FR Subtitles

Closed Captioning:

Dubbed in French


Mambo Italiano is filmed and set in Quebec. Émile Gaudreault is from Quebec.

Ratings by Province:

14A Alberta
NR British Columbia
NR Manitoba
14 New Brunswick
NR Newfoundland and Labrador
14 Nova Scotia
14A Northwest Territories
14A Nunavut
NR Ontario
14 Prince Edward Island
G Québec
NR Saskatchewan
NR Yukon