We Can Do That

Synopsis: Set in Italy in the early 1980s the film follows Nello (Claudio Bisio), the recently hired director of a newly developed work cooperative of former mental patients. After the closure of state psychiatric hospitals and asylums in Italy under the Basaglia Law many former patients were left with few resources and little hope of reintegrating into society. With the intention of actually improving the lives of his pupils, rather than just sedating them, Nello encourages them to expand their individual abilities and explore the wider world around them although, regardless of intention, there is sometimes a price to pushing boundaries too quickly. "We can do that" maintains a sometimes troubled, but ultimately unwavering faith in human nature and human potential.
Genre: Comedy
Director(s): Giulio Manfredonia
  10 wins & 17 nominations.
111 min

MILAN, 1983

Nello, no!

You can't say the market is Leftist

in our book.

I said we have to stay in the market

but with our values.

If the Left goes against the market,

we'll be cut out.

- Fashion isn't Rightist.

- But Padella is.

He hires three, fires two,

so the third earns triple.

I like designing clothes,

what can I do?

You can do it at home.

Nello, you sold yourself out!

- I earn less than you!

- You defend the market!

I don't attack the market,

just its moral decay.

You want a woman

to keep the home fires burning.

You can't be living with me

and working for Padella.

Then I'll leave you,

you're too ancient.

You're too modern,

you can't stay in the Union,

but we won't abandon you,

a co-operative asked us for a manager

and we thought of you.

Is this Co-operative 180?

Much better.

I'm Del Vecchio, the president.

Sorry I'm late.

The new manager's here.

Luca is very good

but today he can't paste stamps.

Let's swap, you two stuff envelopes,

Ossi and Robby paste stamps.

Right in here.

We call ourselves Co-operative 180,

in honor of the Basaglia Law,

which frees the crazy.

If their families take them back,

they go crazy too

but if they don't take them back,

where do they go?

- I don't know.

- No one does.

I've kept some busy

with the Co-operative,

but I have no time,

I have 150 more

in the mental hospital.

- What does the Co-operative do?

- What can it do?

It begs.

We paste stamps,

put prices on olives,

one week with nuts, one without

or they get confused.

- What should I do?

- Get new contracts.

It's not hard, they listen to you.

- Why do they move so slowly?

- They're sedated.

Madness doesn't heal by law.

He's bad.

You're not eating the lasagna?

There's poison in homemade stuff.

I like poison.

We'll be working together,

we should get to know each other.

Nice, did you do that?

What's your name?

Don't want to tell me?

His name's Robby,

but he doesn't talk, he's autistic.

I'll introduce myself, I'm Fabio,

ex-patient, soccer fan and believer.

My father is a pilot, he's been

to Hamburg, Barcelona and Paris.

My expertise is at your disposal.

We're colleagues,

we can cut formalities.

- As you prefer, Mr. Manager.

- Call me Nello.

Thank you, Mr. Nello.

I thank you too, Mr. Fabio.

I'm Luisa,

I want to be called Ms. too.

Of course, Ms. Luisa.

Then I'm Mr. Goffredo.

- Want to introduce yourself?

- It's my turn?

I'm Ossi,

I have no preferences,

don't know anything,

I don't need anything,

it wasn't my turn, it was Gigio's.

Now he'll introduce himself too.

He's Luca, he's excellent,

he should get three salaries.

But who are you?

I'm Gigio, like the mouse,

I have the jitters because

I'm not getting the right medicine.

The right medicine is in America.

What can Mr. Luca tell us?

They call me Nicky Lauda

because I worked at the speedway.

I worked there for seven years,

it's very dangerous,

the cars zoom by you like this.

Seven years of that, it was fun.

I'm Miriam, I'm a lyricist,

I like all forbidden things,

but my life is simple.

Why do you look at me like that?

I'm engaged to a Spanish man,

Julio, he's very jealous.

I had a love affair too once.

He was in the can

and I was in the can,

then I got out and he got out,

we met, we hugged,

and loved.

We made a baby girl.

What a lovely story!

What's the girl's name?

I don't know,

they took her away from me.

I never saw her,

also because he ran off

with another woman

and my father whipped me

because I'm a filthy girl.

Okay, now back to work.

Good morning.

I'm Carlo and I was better off

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