A cyclist is hit and killed by a speeding car one dark winter’s night. The car belongs to Massimiliano, son of the rich finance acrobat Giovanni Bernaschi. But who was in the driver’s seat that fatal night?
This film is not currently playing on MUBI but 30 other great films are. See what’s now showing
Human Capital gives the tired trope of cutting between overlapping stories a welcome shot of adrenaline, using it not just to compare and contrast tangentially related stories, but to show how people caught up in their private dramas can overlook or misinterpret the people around them—especially those who have less power, whether because of their gender, their class, their age, or some combination of the three.
Perfectly cast with actors who give life to very recognizable Italian types, “Capital” confirms Paolo Virzi as one of the more dynamic directors on the peninsula, blending biting commentary with expert narrational skills.
TV movie. TV plot. TV performances. Predictable, weak, and trite. The social criticism is, at best, ineffective. In short, this is an American film set in Northern Italy. I cannot think of a more toxic combination. Watch Corsini's Three Worlds (2012) instead for a much deeper and smarter take on Neoliberalism.
Standard TV fare. Tired plot. If the movie was made to illustrate the cynical insurance term "human capital," surely it would have been more apropos to show the life of the bicyclist. Then the concept of negotiating the worth of his life would have much greater impact.
I didn't like the story. I didn't like the actors & the characters they play. At no time I had an emotional feel towards the movie, no sympathy to the people involved and strangly no interest at all. The camera is nice, the set-up is beautiful and I love the Italian style. But this is not enough. Huge disappointment.
Un soggetto scontato e ripetitivo imbellito da una buona sceneggiatura ed una regia decente, esce dalla crisalide come un film dalle alte promesse ma dai bassi risultati. Un film che vorrebbe essere sia d'autore che di denuncia, ma non è né uno né l'altro, e finisce dunque per perdersi nell'affollata categoria dei film "vorrei ma non posso" della cinematografia italiana. Virzì può fare meglio. Deve fare meglio.
I was invested in the movie in a way that hadn't happened to me since Amores Perros. Human Capital or is a tale of three, portrayed by a brilliant ensemble cast that truly captured the frustrations of adolescence and adulthood. Decorated with an amazing score that contrasts classical pieces and tribal sounds, and crafted with sharp script, this film attacks class issues and asks the question: How much are we worth?