But Forever in My Mind is an Italian coming-of-age teen drama that reminds us how incredibly different life is outside our country. This sure isn't American Pie.
Silvio and his other high school buddies have typical adolescent issues of puberty—parent troubles, bullies, girls, and the desire to lose their virginity. But when Silvio kisses a student named Valentina in a closet at school, word soon gets out…to the entire school, including Valentina's jealous boyfriend. But all this is just kids' stuff compared to the sometimes violent student rebellion taking place at Silvio's school.
From the perspective of anyone who grew up on funny or bittersweet films of teen turmoil, this will immediately draw you in, because it starts off feeling like one of those. But it takes matters much more seriously, not reveling in teen sexploitation goodness. While it does delve into simple cliques of preps, punks, etc., it does so on a much more complex level, paralleling each stereotype to a particular political group—conservatives, fascists, etc. It becomes very easy, as an entertainment and escape seeking American, to get glassy-eyed during some of this heavy-handed stuff. I know I did, although I tried to stay with it, because it was well done. This film about the loss of innocence can either be watched for its more simplistic storyline, or appreciated for applying very adult issues to young lives.