About the Film:
Massimo is a classic Italian “rascal,” the owner of a B&B in the center of Rome, whose business is limited by tax constraints. He enviously watches as a convent run by nuns on the other side of the road welcomes in tourists, who leave spontaneous and lavish gifts at the end of their stay. All completely tax-free.
Massimo realizes that if he wants to avoid paying tax, he’ll have to create a “place of worship.” After trying to get into the more or less restricted circles of Catholicism, Judaism, and Islam with a series of rather hilarious meetings, Massimo has a sort of “epiphany” and decides to create a new religion. Assisted by his accountant sister Adriana and the boyfriend of his ex-wife Marco, a sort of guru-writer with no actual readers, the protagonist comes up with “Ionism,” a religion that places the individual at the center of the universe. “You will have no God but yourself.”
Italian with English subtitles.