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Montalbano – A Delicate Matter



Salvo is back in Vigata, Sicily! Livia will have to get used to coming home to Salvo not being there when she comes home from work. The many faces of Livia are somewhat confusing for the audience so it is as well they make the character names obvious in the exposition of the first scene with them both. “Exasperating!” as Livia would say. (Played this time by Sonia Bergamasco.)

Montalbano is visiting Livia in Boccadasse when he is called back to Vigata to investigate the murder of Maria, a 70-year-old prostitute – as well as disturbing accusations at an elementary school.

Mimi as usual is overly keen to interview an attractive female witness and goes down the route of deviant sex as the motivation/explanation of the murder. Salvo is unimpressed by this and also the American style of victim/suspect photos on the wall of the police station. Catarella has a theory about the son of a prostitute being the client.

Of course things are more complex than that. Maria has been preparing for retirement with her husband and as a waiter he won’t stop working until she does as he wants to have the continued respect of the community, not one associated with being a ruffian who lives off immoral earnings.

Meanwhile a young male teacher is rumoured to be overly affectionate towards the young daughter of a fellow teacher. The woman is living alone with her daughter while her husband works away from home. The young male is good looking and unblemished until this new rumour takes hold.

Salvo learns to send picture attachments in his phone and Mimi’s latest infidelity is discovered due to leaving his gun behind.

Adelina takes it upon herself to teach Livia to cook and Livia’s new dog takes over the household more and more.

One suspect ends up dead narrowing down the possibilities.

Salvo, of course, solves the case while we feast our eyes on the scenery.

Salvo Montalbano Luca Zingaretti
Giuseppe Fazio Peppino Mazzotta
Livia Burlando Sonia Bergamasco
Mimi Augello Cesare Bocci
Catarella Angelo Russo
Pasquano Marcello Perracchio
Nicolo Zito Roberto Nobile
Teresita Gaudenzio Miriam Dalmazio
Maria Castellino Ileana Rigano
Serafino Lollo Franco
Preside Vasilico Sebastiano Tringali
Mimmo Tavano Giancarlo Barbara



Young Montalbano – Series 2: “La Stanza Numero Due” “Room Number Two”

A fire broke out in a beach-side hotel in Vigata. Salvo, being the dashing eponymous hero, dashed into the flames to try and rescue the hotel guest who had gone back into the flames to salvage something important. Luckily for Salvo, the hotel owner – Ciulla – had more luck persuading him to leave than he had had with the guest. Salvo lived to investigate the death of the guest.

Meanwhile Montalbano and Livia plan their wedding. Mimi continued to annoy and help Montalbano by turns. Mimi was Salvo’s best friend even although he was a ladies’ man so was the obvious choice for the witness – or best man according to Livia. Full of advice about wedding music and rings, Mimi tried to be helpful. All Salvo wants to think about is the case. Salvo asked his former boss Carmine to be his witness. Mimi was furious.

Zapulla had been wanting the hotel for the land and offered Ciulla 300 million. Ciulla said this proved he could not have committed arson on his own hotel because the insurance was only worth 50 million.

It turned out of course that some guests had Mafia connections and others were equally likely to have been the targets of the fire.

Livia pointed out that Salvo is a creature of habit and suggested they went to a different restaurant but the food was so disgusting that they went to the usual restaurant afterwards.

The investigation carried on apace. Mr Custonaci was the arbiter between rival Mafiosa but apparently not the intended target despite the room he normally used being the seat of the fire.

The case was eventually resolved through a mixture of investigation, local knowledge and gossip but what we fans were really interested in was, what is going to happen to stop the wedding between Livia and Salvo? There are no hiccups we can see at the moment other than her having given up her career to be closer to him and her going back home to her hen night with her friends.

Will she be unfaithful when they are apart? Will he? Will she regret giving up a career for a quiet life in Vigata constantly waiting for Salvo to return?

Time will tell.

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Francois R.I.P.

So there we were, drinking our weekly glass of vino collapso watching Salvo crack his latest cases, all the while being confronted by women with problems getting clothing to cover up their cleavages and unlocking his front door despite his balcony being always open to let us see the sea.

Lulled by the familiarity of life in imaginary Vigàta and dreams of a Latin speaking Catarella, I didn’t quite see it coming.

I was too intrigued by Livia’s poor  unsynched dubbing to pay attention to the well telegraphed ominous tone of the episode – the sadness of Livia and Salvo being recognised when investigating Tunisians. I’d forgotten that Francois, the little Tunisian boy almost adopted by Livia and Salvo in the first episode was all grown up and in some sort of trouble. We’d met him briefly again 3 episodes earlier which had already aired the regrets of Montalbano and Livia as they spoke about how life would have been different if they had taken him in back then. The regrets of that episode will seem as nothing I suspect compared with the regrets to come.

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