starring Maya Sansa, Regina Orioli, Pietro Ragusa, Mariella Valentini
screenplay by Anne Riitta Ciccone & Monica Stambrini, based on the novel by Elena Stancanelli
directed by Monica Stambrini
by Bill Chambers Scarlett Johansson-esque Regina Orioli stars in Monica Stambrini's Gasoline (Benzina) (hereafter Benzina) as Lenni, a bespectacled loner who went looking for work at a coffee bar/gas station one day and found love with its proprietor, Stella (Maya Sansa). When Lenni's mother (Mariella Valentini) comes to visit and tries to talk her once-presumed-straight daughter out of her gay lifestyle, a scuffle ensues between madre and Stella in which the former is inevitably accidentally killed; even more inevitably, Stella doesn't think they should tell the police despite her innocence looking forensically sound; and most inevitably of all, Lenni's mom had a fortune in her purse. If you're playing the home game and guessed that Stella and Len go on the lam, give yourself ten points--twenty if you had it down that they would do so with a body in the trunk.