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L'uomo in più (2001)

The debut feature by acclaimed Italian director Paolo Sorrentino (Il Divo) is a stylish and blackly comic look at the dark side of fame. Evocatively set during the eighties, the film charts... See full summary »

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Tony Pisapia
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Antonio Pisapia
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Genny (as Ninni Bruschetta)
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Franca
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Il Molosso
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Gigi Moscati
Maurizio Coccorullo ...
Filippo Reale
Beniamino Femiano ...
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Veronica
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The debut feature by acclaimed Italian director Paolo Sorrentino (Il Divo) is a stylish and blackly comic look at the dark side of fame. Evocatively set during the eighties, the film charts the decline of two men both named Antonio Pisapia who lead entirely separate yet strangely parallel lives. One (Toni Servillo, Gomorrah) is a pop singer who finds himself washed up after a sex scandal ends his run of success; the other (Andrea Renzi) a football hero whose playing career is abruptly cut short by injury. Sharply observed and featuring excellent performances from the two leads, Sorrentino's compelling film explores the personal consequences wrought by cruel reversals of fortune. Written by Anonymous

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Nella vita non esiste il pareggio.

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The movie is loosely based on the lives of football player Agostino Di Bartolomei, who committed suicide in 1994, and singer Franco Califano. See more »

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Referenced in Il pareggio non esiste (2003) See more »

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Relaxing with Chet
Written by Piero Umiliani
Performed by Chet Baker
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Quite disappointing
17 March 2012 | by (Badalona, Spain) – See all my reviews

Having watched other films by Paolo Sorrentino, I was expecting the same refined film-making plus the usual original subject and convincing acting. While the last is certainly present in L'uomo in più (thank mostly to Toni Servillo), I found the whole plot quite disappointing and a rather standard cinematography. Additionally, a few characters are roughly sketched: they are presented during the plot but disappear a few scenes later. Add a general lack of rhythm and a banal intertwining between football and music, full of clichés (the bad manager surrounded by naked girls, the old football manager training youngster near the motorway, just to name a few) and you have a movie that is both too short and too slow at the same time. Watch the other titles by Sorrentino, they're by far better than this.


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