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Michela Giraud: The Truth, I Swear! 2022 Movie Review Poster Trailer Online
About a year ago we saw her on Prime Video, in the cast of the first season of LOL, while now it’s up to Netflix highlight the comic skills of Michela Giraud. This is discussed in the review by Michela Giraud: the truth, I swear!, fifth stand-up special of the platform in Italian after those of Beppe Grillo in 2017 and the hat-trick of Edoardo Ferrario, Francesco De Carlo and Saverio Raimondo in 2019. A tempting opportunity for the Roman comedian, already protagonist of various torments on the our territory and now ready to get naked with his self-deprecating words in front of 200 million people around the world. And she does so with an hour of material that summarizes her thinking concisely and effectively, mixing broader considerations with personal and sometimes painful examples in their brutal humor power.
That Michela Giraud is ready to face any personal topic with a self-deprecating spirit is already explicit in the first minutes of the special, when she claims she was betrayed by her ex during the pandemic, while she had Covid (and his new partner then congratulated on social networks). From there starts a series of anecdotes that touch on universal themes in relation to his life, sometimes with abundant doses of self-criticism: Giraud, exemplifying how one should behave in legitimate cases in which perhaps a pun was thrown away or formulated in another way, admits openly that he was wrong to ironic, without inquiring first, about Demi Lovato’s declaration about her being a non-binary person, summing up the whole process that led her to post an unhappy tweet where she compared the star to the Wizard Otelma (“I thought it was stuff like Scientology “), remove him following criticism, and then receive more for removing him, with more right-wingers defending his right to freedom of expression. With a hilarious punchline that she mimics a famous sentence from Warhol: “In the future everyone will be fascists for 15 minutes. And that’s not bad, because black runs out.”
She talks above all about herself, then opening a discourse on the curvy issue and on the topic of body positivity, with subsequent parentheses on the heterosexual white male as an endangered species (“They will make a series about you: The Walking Etero”), to finally touch the painful but hilarious issue of the family, in particular the sister with autism, Michela’s idol as she lacks any filter in social interactions (as her mother once said, “Our head is like a pot, where information accumulates; she has a colander instead of the pot “). A collection of anecdotes and reflections that are addressed on the one hand to fans of the comic, and on the other to those who learn to know it for the first time, especially outside Italy, with jokes that in most cases also work in version subtitled for an international audience (just some doubts, as always in these cases, due to imitations of voices and accents whose catchment area is limited to the boot). Perhaps without the formal ambition of American counterparts who also tend to take care of the aesthetic presentation of the specials, sometimes transforming them into real medium-length films that go beyond the word of the comic, but with an even more powerful weapon, already evoked in the title of the special: the truth, the whole truth, nothing but the truth. Topped off with several laughs.
We close the review by Michela Giraud: the truth, I swear !, underlining how the new Netflix stand-up comedy special presents the talent of the Roman comedian on a global scale, engaged in a personal and very funny monologue.