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.
I liked this a lot better before I found out it was a true story. I guess that explains why the story is pointless (unless guys shooting and killing each other IS the point). Eloquent cinematography by Marco Onorato.
Unlike Traffic, it never dilutes its examination of crime into melodramatic sentiment, or turns 'realism' into tacky set pieces, like City of God. However, the 5 non-connecting stories are exhausting, and its details are non-existent due to their cutting that makes the story clinical and emotionally distant.
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.