★★★★☆ The phenomenal success of Paolo Sorrentino
's The Great Beauty (2013) would appear to be the contributing factor behind Stefano Incerti
's 2010 drama finally seeing the distribution light of day over here in the UK. Like the former, this film also stars the great Toni Servillo
, but any further similarities ends there. Gorbaciof
is as far removed from Sorrentino's opulent and richly-textured world as you can get, but this isn't a criticism. The film packs an equally as powerful emotional punch in its own quiet and undemanding way, drawing you intimately into the world of its central character and his numerous foibles.