Nello Balocchi (Neri Marcoré), 35, a shy and clumsy man devoted to the academic world, is sent by his father – a pragmatic businessman and womaniser who happens to be the Pope's tailor – to teach at a high school in Bologna in the hope that living in such an emancipated city will allow him to find a wife at last, thus giving the family its eagerly awaited heir. On reaching Bologna, Nello goes to live in a pensione run by Arabella (Sandra Milo) where he shares a room with a Neapolitan barber, thanks to whose advice he gradually gets to know the fairer sex. While he discovers that he has a great talent for teaching, the search for a soul mate is unsuccessful. Until the day he finds himself at a tea dance in a home for blind women, by chance or sent there by Providence. There Nello meets a 'femme fatale', Angela Gardini (Vanessa Incontrada), the most beautiful and open-minded young woman in all Bologna, who turns his life upside down.

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The Pope's tailor sends his son, a virgin at 35, to Bologna hoping he will find a woman.

Nello, Neri Marcore, is a single 35 year old who's sent by his father, Giancarlo Giannini, to the city of Bologna to work and find a woman. Papa, a ladies' man, is the tailor for the Pope in Rome and Nello is a bit of a disappointment. He's a teacher of classics and a virgin. He's also a bit of a nerd. At a training centre for the blind he meets Angela, Vanessa Incontrada, a rich socialite whose eyes were damaged in an accident. Nello falls for her completely despite her father warning him that she specialises in making men fall in love with her so she can leave them. In fact Angela has a much more immediate aim to use Nello to get back at her former fiance.

The uncomfortable mix of comedy and pathos in this film is not helped by Avati's rather unsubtle, picture postcard approach. Angela's character seems not to belong to the 1920's when the film is set, she doesn?t look the part in either makeup or costume and her behaviour just doesn?t fit with the times. And Nello's character is irritating more than endearing. The one success in the film is Giancarlo Giannini as Nello's father. His description of dressing a new Pope is a delight and his experience as a performer shows. Avati often seems to want to make films of more substance than he actually achieves but his heavy-handedness in direction overwhelms any possibility of subtlety.