Part 1 - GOOD AND EVIL - After the mafia killed his family, and a number of people who trusted him, Cattani sees a couple of criminals condemned to light sentences only. A DEA team brings ... See full summary »
Part 1 - GOOD AND EVIL - After the mafia killed his family, and a number of people who trusted him, Cattani sees a couple of criminals condemned to light sentences only. A DEA team brings him back from the mountain retreat with good monks, to the evil world of a drugs-for-arms deal. Solace comes in the form of new affections for a banker's daughters, who look like his lost wife and daughter. Part 2 - NO ESCAPE - Cattani uses a TV interview to reveal he found out about one of The Octopus telephone numbers. That is enough to spread havoc in the criminal rang, but the mafia leaves the American investigators no escape. Part 3 - THIRSTING FOR VENGEANCE - Cattani falls in love with Giulia, but his inquest does not go far, until Giulia's father dies, and her grandfather takes hold of the family bank again. Part 4 - REFUGE - The Antinari bank is backing the illegal arms deal, trusted friends and servants may not be what they seem, and Cattani is undecided between personal vendetta and life in... Written by
Commissario Corrado Cattani:
[at a wedding reception inside a police headquarters in Sicily]
Thank you, thank you. But I'm not good with speeches. What should I say? Well I am happy. Yes, Im happy with this marriage, celebrated inside these walls where we live, for better or for worse, but we live. We must also live for those who we once loved and that are not with us anymore. Let us live, denouncing what isn't right, fighting those who won't speak. But we speak. It is important to speak, even if no-one listens, because ...
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Magnificent Italian mini series, with depth, action, sensitivity and emotionality
I first saw some of La Piovra when I lived in Holland. Then I bought the full series. You need a all region player. La Piovra consists of 4 series, each individually containing between 4 and around 12 parts. The subtitling is a good thing, you hear the language and the emotion played well by all the characters rather then have it distorted by voice over actors. The first two series are very much linked to each other and you must see both. Because the tragedies that play in the main character's life, you will get drawn in, and will want to see all the series.
The serious start in Sicily. Corrado Cattani (played by Michaele Placido) accepts a position as chief of police, after his predecessor is found murdered in his car. He starts an investigation after the murder, and while doing so, gets involved in the local scene. As part of his investigations, he gets involved with a local girl, the daughter of a countess who was found dead in her home. Put into the mix a local Mafia criminal who is crazy for the daughter of the countess, a lawyer who as part of the Mafia is never up to anything good and a police chief who works both unconventional and with a tenacity that is unmatched and you are in for a wonderful ride. A classic ride that is not matched by anything made in the last twenty years or so (hill street blues was good, but does not have the elegance and style that comes naturally to the Italians). All parts link up well, but you need to keep focused as there are many things going on at the same time.
If you like the Italian language, the way of life (not necessarily that of the Mafia influence, the country side and the culture, this is a treat.
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