Ricomincio da tre

Ricomincio da tre, internationally released as I'm Starting from Three, is a 1981 Italian comedy film directed, co-written, and starring Massimo Troisi in his film debut.[1] The film was awarded with two David di Donatello awards for Best Film and Best Actor.[2]

Ricomincio da tre
Directed byMassimo Troisi
Produced byFulvio Lucisano
Written byMassimo Troisi
Anna Pavignano
StarringMassimo Troisi
Lello Arena
Marco Messeri
Music byPino Daniele
CinematographySergio D'Offizi
Edited byAntonio Siciliano
Distributed byIIF
Release date
Running time
110 min


Gaetano is a shy Neapolitan boy who lives in the southern-Italian city with his family: one brother, one sister, his mother and his father, an extremely Catholic man who has lost his right hand, and confides in a miracle by Madonna of the swords to get it back.

Tired and bored about the excessive provincialism of his "entourage", and his alienating job in a food factory, Gaetano decides to hitch-hike to the more modern and cosmopolitan city of Florence. There he meets a beautiful girl, Marta, and they fall in love. Gaetano sets at Marta's and is later joined by his old friend Lello, a clumsy and rotund boy, albeit very funny in his friendship with the protagonist.

One night at Marta's, while reading a manuscript, Marta reveals to be pregnant, and she's not sure that Gaetano is the child's father: Marta had a relationship with a teenager boy, and she sincerely tells the whole story to Gaetano, that gets sad and embittered, and goes back to Naples, officially for his sister's wedding, actually to clear his mind about the facts. There he discovers himself very in love with Marta and rejoins her back in Florence, accepting her child even if he's not sure of being the natural father.



  1. Enrico Giacovelli. La commedia all'italiana. Gremese Editore, 1995. ISBN 8876058737.
  2. Enrico Lancia. I premi del cinema. Gremese Editore, 1998. ISBN 88-7742-221-1.
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