Honouring her mother’s dying wish to have her ashes brought back to Italy, Anna, a young woman from Montreal journeys back to her hometown in Puglia. Here she is reunited with Immacolata, a family friend, whose larger than life tales of Anna and her family’s past leads to a journey of self-discovery whilst setting off a series of haphazard and serendipitous events in the process.
Tulipani, Love, Honour and a Bicycle is a delightful tale, with justifiably fantastical elements delivered by the perfect vehicle – that being an animated storyteller prone to exaggeration. It’s lively, sparks curiosity, and delivers unpredictability, which is a refreshing change in the often formulaic romcom genre. While some story elements are clearly fabricated, they are woven into the story in such a way that the viewer wants to believe they could be true.
Mike van Diem enhances his own (and co-screenwriter Peter Van Wijk’s) script with enchanting locations and set design in a very well-paced presentation on screen. Combining a rustic Italian backdrop with vibrant colours, down to the striking appearances of the characters themselves, Tulipani, Love, Honour and a Bicycle is eye-catching as it is engaging. The blending of cultures also gives the film an international flavour, allowing it to further break from the mold and stand out in to its audiences.
Is Tulipani, Love, Honour & a Bicycle Viewing?
Yes, this one is a crowd pleaser and worth seeing. It’s a whimsical take on the classic tale of self-discovery by reacquainting with your past that’s visually delightful and sprinkled with laughs.