Venice Film Review: ‘Intrepido: A Lonely Hero’

Venice Film Review: ‘Intrepido: A Lonely Hero’
The economic crisis is tackled head-on in Gianni Amelio’s “Intrepido: A Lonely Hero,” and while the helmer ropes in topics including financial worries, foreign workers, corruption and ineffective unions, he can’t resist adding injudicious amounts of sentiment that weaken his thrust. The idea of an outwardly content Everyman acting as a temporary worker in hundreds of different jobs is an appealing one, yet Amelio can’t sustain the concept, and characters meant to deepen themes wind up unsatisfactorily cluttering things up. Home play will be modest, with limited excursions to Italo showcases.

An establishing shot of Milan under a thin layer of snow reveals Italy’s business hub as an empty, nondescript city spotted with unfinished construction sites. In the morning Antonio Pane (Antonio Albanese) works a stint on the scaffolding of a high-rise, then dons a lion costume in the children’s activity area of a mall.
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