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THE SPECIAL NEED
SXSW, Hamptons, Dallas, DOK Leipzig, ZagrebDox, CPH:DOX, IDFA, Ambulante, Thessaloniki Doc, Planete+ Doc, DOXA
Two friends set out on a road trip to help their developmentally challenged friend lose his virginity.
Enea is a 29-year-old Italian man on the autism spectrum. Despite a healthy curiosity about sex and a boldness that sees him freely approaching women on the street, he’s not yet been able to locate the fashion model woman of his fantasies. Enter friends Alex and Carlo – the latter the film’s director. After failing to find a willing participant, they decide to hit the road on a quest through Europe to find a legal and safe way to allow Enea to meet this rite of passage. Employing some unacknowledged, yet clearly staged scenes, the crowdpleasing film is a low-level hybrid of sorts, but largely maintains a casual, observational style, enabled by the warm rapport between the three principals.