Arrivederci Speranza by Paul Glen Neuman | Script Revolution

Arrivederci Speranza

Tonio Ziccardi copes with his wife deserting him on the day of their fifth wedding anniversary-especially devastating and humiliating considering Tonio works as a marriage counselor in Rome.



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Tonio Ziccardi leads a charmed life. He owns a wonderful home with a hot tub in a comfortable Rome neighborhood. He earns a steady paycheck doing a job he loves and would probably do for free.

Where Tonio really strikes gold, though, is with Speranza, his beautiful wife of five years.

All that changes on the couple's fifth anniversary when Tonio comes home with an enormous bouquet to find that Speranza has left him and stripped their house bare of everything not nailed down.

Things quickly go downhill from there for the devastated Tonio. The joint bank account he shared with Speranza has been drained to a zero balance. It's enough to make him cry.

Alone and in shock, Tonio spends the night with close family friend Giana Leto and her three children before returning to work the next day.

Normally, given Tonio's unexpected predicament, it would be reasonable to assume that time spent on the job could serve as a stabilizing force in his suddenly turbulent life.

Not this time. Unfortunately for Tonio, he's a licensed marriage counselor.

Immediately, it becomes clear that Speranza deserting him is going to adversely affect his professional practice. The tip off comes first thing in the morning when Tonio interviews prospective new clients and breaks down in tears moments after meeting them.

Rather than reject Tonio as their marriage therapist, however, the new clients sign up for additional sessions. As bad as they feel, the fact that Tonio obviously feels worse, and isn't afraid to show it, makes them feel better.

As the day progresses, Tonio's ability to interact with his clients continues to deteriorate. Tonio finds himself having panic attacks and unable to cope with his clients' increasingly bizarre marital problems any more than he can deal with his own.

Tonio survives his first day back on the job only to have his miserable situation compounded by the discovery that Giana's husband has deserted his wife and kids to run off with Speranza, emptying their personal bank accounts, too.

Tonio also learns, when trying to purchase new clothes, that all his credit cards have been maxed out and reported stolen. Before the truth comes out, he is threatened with arrest as a thief.

Ultimately, he is set free, but not before he's introduced to a female police officer, who secretly admits she is attracted to him, and the lady cop's jealous partner.

More headaches for Tonio he doesn't need.

So, is losing Speranza the worst thing that could have happened to him? Maybe.

Then again, now that his wife is gone, perhaps Tonio's about to find out that the key to repairing his broken heart is much closer than he thinks.

Submitted: February 20, 2022
Last Updated: June 9, 2022

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The Writer: Paul Glen Neuman

Screenwriter. Novelist. Playwright. Actor. Singer. Songwriter. Military brat. About Me I am a multi-optioned screenwriter who enjoys writing in a variety of genres. My scripts reflect my background as an actor, director and playwright. Eighteen published books. Novels sold in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and throughout Scandinavia. My produced comedy feature All About Books - The Movie was released in 2018 and distributed by Caps Media Ventura. As a professional writer I am dedicated to creating the best screenplays and novels possible. Thoughts on Writing Writing isn't something you happen to do; it's something you must do. The ability to write is a gift. You can be... Go to bio
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