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New romantic drama The Last Paradiso gets its first trailer

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If Bridgerton hasn't been enough to satisfy your appetite for racy romantic dramas, then The Last Paradiso just might.

Netflix describes the film as "the story of an impossible love, a dream of an indomitable man who has a sense of rebellion and justice coursing through his veins" and the trailer shows exactly that...

Based on real events, The Last Paradiso is set in 1950s Italy and follows Riccardo Scamarcio (best known for his role in John Wick 2) as Ciccio Paradiso. Ciccio is a young, attractive, free spirit in a sleepy Italian village. He's a hard-working laborer, but one who dreams of a better life. His decision to start chasing those dreams stirs up trouble amongst the local people.

Ciccio has a real problem with the town mayor, who he says "doesn’t do shit and earns three times more" than anyone else in the village. Not only that, he has a beautiful daughter with whom Ciccio starts a passionate love affair. We see Ciccio embrace Bianca Schettino (played by Gaia Bermani Amaral), hidden away in some barn somewhere, as she worries about what her father will think.

When Ciccio directly challenges the mayor’s economic control — promising to pay the villagers more fairly for olives than the mayor does — he makes a powerful enemy. The rest of the trailer promises tense confrontations, dirty tactics and liberation. Scenes of celebration intercut with arrests, violence and evermore secretive meetings between the two fraught lovers follow. However desperate Ciccio is for the better life he wants so much, he definitely has a fight on his hands.

The mayor clearly holds power over his employees via whatever means necessary, as Ciccio is advised he’ll have to behave like the "crooks" that he wants to challenge, in order to take them on effectively. We can be sure that, whatever happens, Ciccio has a difficult fight on his hands.

The Last Paradiso is exclusively on Netflix

Martin Shore
Martin Shore

Martin is a Staff Writer with WhatToWatch.com, where he produces a variety of articles focused on the latest and greatest films and TV shows. 

Some of his favorite shows are What We Do In The Shadows, Bridgerton, Gangs of London, The Witcher, Doctor Who, and Ghosts. When he’s not watching TV or at the movies, Martin’s probably still in front of a screen playing the latest video games, reading, or watching the NFL.