Titta di Girolamo apparently has a regular and tedious life with nothing strange apart from his own name (as he used to say). He has lived in a hotel in Switzerland for almost ten years, spending his days waiting for something we don’t know.
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Oh...Sorrentino! What a great film maker. I will definitely need to see this film at least once more, and all of his films demand st least 2 viewings to fully appreciate. This film features the great Toni Servillo, and Olivia Magnani, granddaughter of the one and only Anna Magnani. Just thinking about the title makes me want to see it again. 4 and 1/2 stars.
SORRENTINO a narcissistic director, who watches himself filming. Characters who take the pose, think long, seeming to have great things to say when in fact they have nothing to tell. === SORRENTINO un réalisateur narcissique, qui se regarde filmer. Des personnages qui prennent la pose, réfléchissent longuement, se donnant l'air d'avoir de grandes choses à dire alors qu'en fait ils n'ont rien à raconter.
Working at a ratio of roughly 2:1 (two unexplained narrative steps forward, one backward for revelation), this is a cooly judged exercise in spare style. The spatial use of widescreen is assured and the semi-tragic coda linges with you.
This is about a person who is sentenced to death in life. Or, his death penalty has been converted into life imprisonment. Physically his prison is the hotel & psychically it is his imposed isolation & loneliness. The desire to leave the prison and the moment of change turns everthing upside down. Interesting characters, superb acting, great camera; minimalistic, elegant, sophisticated and emotional crime-thriller.
A really exquisitely made film on almost every level, with a surprisingly jumpy but still brilliant soundtrack being the only thing that shakes it out of its slumbers. An extraordinary performance by Toni Servillo will hopefully, one day, get the widespread recognition it deserves.