Titta di Girolamo apparently has a regular and tedious life with nothing strange a part from his own name (as he used to say). He lives in a Hotel in Lugano (Switzerland) since almost ten years, spending his days waiting for something we don’t know. His life is too rigid, too detached following a flat routine. Titta ignore everyone and probably he has no emotions at all. Basically there is no story. But one day he decided, breaking all his personal rules, to exchange some words with Sofia, the hotel’s barmaid. Incredibly all the situation change, emotions, love, mafia, death come back violently into Titta’s life. —IMDb
Paolo Sorrentino (born May 31, 1970) is an Italian film director and screenwriter. He was born in Naples.Sorrentino’s first film as screenwriter, Polvere di Napoli, was released in 1998. He began directing several short movies, like L’amore non ha confini, in 1998, and La notte lunga, in 2001. His debut with a long feature is One Man Up (L’uomo in più), awarded with the Nastro D’Argento for the best young director.
He achieved international recognition in 2004 for his stylish thriller, The Consequences of Love (Le conseguenze dell’amore). The film, which explores the mindset of a lonely businessman being used as a pawn by the Mafia, won many awards and was nominated for the Palme D’Or at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. Sorrentino’s next feature, The Family Friend (L’amico di famiglia), was shown at the Cannes Film Festival in May1 and the London Film Festival in October 2006. It tells the story of a malicious septuagenarian loan-shark who develops a fixation with the beautiful… read more
Stupendo film di Sorrentino con un Servillo monumentale;lungometraggio elegante,minimale,distaccato,imperturbabile,che si basa su di uno stile e di una maestria registica rarissime nel panorama italiano.Profondità e tristezza disarmanti,per la sofferta malinconia di un uomo a cui il destino nega una seconda opportunità.Eccezionali alcuni montaggi,fotografia notevole, il piano-sequenza con il boss mafioso spacca.4*
MAGNIFICO noir di Sorrentino, con un Toni Servillo incredibile. La storia funziona troppo bene, il personaggio è indimenticabile: la solitudine della quale s'è circondato è straziante e all'inizio ti frantuma a ogni scena. Semplicemente perfetto dal punto di vista tecnico, con una regia pulita, di grandissima eleganza. Non c'è nemmeno una stonatura, perfino il finale è posato, incredibile ed elegante. 4* e 1/2
As always, Sorrentino is a brilliant stylist, and his dialogue as a screenwriter is often biting and erudite, but his vision is impaired by a lack of dramatic urgency, pussyfooting on what continues to be the instinctive virtues of a music video director. The resultant films are rigorously superficial, so much unlike those of a tonally different stylist Olivier Assayas, whose auteurism is made contiguous to cinema.