Based on the international best-seller of the same name by Roberto Saviano, this award-winning portrait of the contemporary Neapolitan mob scene, better known as the Camorra, depicts five separate tales of individuals caught up in a life of crime.
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A dive into the under-world of Camorah (Naples' mafia). No melodramas here - just roughness, corruption, vanity and realism - the film follows a documentarean-style and is based upon Saviano's (Italian writer and Naples native) seminal research on the subject. This movie is a truly evocative diamond.
This was a very good watch, although flawed. I felt that it could have been a great film, maybe a masterpiece, but it just didn't quite gel into one. That said, it had many great individual elements to it and It's a film that needed to be made.
A hidden corner of Italian life, far away from the beautiful people and ancient culture of the tourist trail. (Even Italian cinema audiences needed subtitles to understand the Neapolitan dialect.) But it is relevant to any audience, in that it shows how youthful dreams of glamour and glory precede the ugly reality of betrayal.