The new film from Paolo Sorrentino, the acclaimed director of The Consequences of Love and The Family Friend, is a riveting talk of political intrigue and organised crime, based n the extraordinary life of Guilio Andreotti. Italian Prime Minister no less than seven times, Andreotti's long career was dogged by persistent accusations of conspiracy, Mafia connections and state-sponsored terror.Epic in scope and featuring a commanding performance from Toni Servillo (Gomorrah) as the chillingly enigmatic Andreotti, this compelling and visually dazzling film explores the labyrinthine political machinations and shady criminal underworld surrounding this fascinating and controversial figure.
An intriguing film relating to the rise and fall of Andreotti; that it is subtitled takes nothing away from this look at modern Italian politics - but - beware, you will need to be up on the Italian political scene of the 70's and 80's otherwise you will be left feeling you've been trying to eat spaghetti with a straw. Whether you agree with the portrayal of Andreotti and his inner circle will depend entirely on your political viewpoint, but that they were an unpleasant lot (and true heirs to the Borgias)is without doubt. Makes Westminster look like a kindergarden!
Refreshing Political Epic
- Il Divo review by Jawbreaker
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Until watching Il Divo I wasn't familiar with Gucilio Andreotti, although we're all aware of the Mafia and unique characteristics of Italian politics. What could have been a complex deciphering of his multiple terms has thankfully been cast aside. Instead, Paolo focuses on the man himself and those closest around him. Adding to the accessibility is the lack of courtroom drama; that's where the film leaves us. All historical dramas rely on the lead role to stimulate and Toni Sevillo is captivating. Backed by a modern fruitful soundtrack and bizarrely Guy Ritchie inspired moments of directing (in a good way for a change), Il Divo deserves to be seen.