Ostinato destino (1992) - The Husband Trap November 6, 2019 08:00
Ostinato destino (Wayward Destiny) is reminiscent of an adult version of The Parent Trap, starring Monica Bellucci in a dual role of good and evil twin sisters Marina and Angela who attempt to pull a temporary switcheroo leading to wild hijinks and unanticipated romance.
The story begins with the death of a wealthy woman named Carolina Rambaldi, who throws her ungrateful children a curve-ball during the reading of the will when conditions are imposed upon the disposition of the inheritance. The stipulation is whoever is married and has a child within a year and a half will gain control of all her assets. But all three of her children don't seem to have much chance of meeting those requirements anytime soon. Marcello is an incredibly lazy ladies man, Lucrezia is incredibly bossy and men are not attracted to her, and Cesare is gay and malicious.
The one with the best shot of obtaining the inheritance is Marcello who happens to be young and good looking, "lucky" for him he runs across Marina (Monica Bellucci) whose about to jump off a bridge to her death (undoubtedly all part of a plan to con some sorry sap). In an attempt to stop her Marcello topples over the railing and is lucky to end up with only a minor concussion, but finds himself enthralled by the stunning Marina.
Marina is the text book definition of a "gold digger", in the extreme sense of the word. She's not interested in Marcello until she see's where he lives and learns that he needs to be married to obtain his inheritance. Upon learning this she eagerly agrees to marry him. After they're married she tries multiple times to kill him in an attempt to acquire his wealth. On the one occasion she almost succeeds then she learns that he's still not eligible to receive the inheritance until they have a child. With that knowledge Marina turns up the heat in the romance department, only to be disappointed when she has a miscarriage.
Her twin sister Angela tells her about a clinic in Germany that specializes in embryo transplants, Marina decides to go and have the procedure, requesting her twin sister take her place so that no one learns of what she's doing. Angela agrees unaware of Marcello's growing fear of Marina and the fact Marina might be even more conceded and evil than Marcello's brother and sister who have been making their own attempts take out Marina before she can have a baby. But when Angela takes her place Marcello witnesses a whole new side of "Marina" and actually begins to fall in love with who he believes to be his wife. And things get even more interesting when it appears Angela is falling for him as well, then Marina returns...
Ostinato destino is a rather odd comedy yet the inclusion of Monica Bellucci in dual roles that are polar opposites of one another make it fairly enjoyable and help showcase that she has some acting ability and isn't simply eye candy. She does an outstanding job making you despise Marina and love Angela, definitely a challenge to portray two different types of characters in one film. Critically and financially the film was a failure, yet I found the overall camp of the film and Bellucci's role more entertaining than her previous projects. The only real criticism is the last 15 to 20 minutes get really bizarre with one of the main characters getting blown up, an embryo in a sphere is tossed down flights of stairs and Bellucci in a Snow White costume is chased by a man in drag wearing a witch costume... those Italians have an interesting sense of humor!