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Geremia, an aging tailor/money lender, is a repulsive, mean, stingy man who lives alone in his shabby house with his scornful, bedridden mother. He has a morbid, obsessive relationship with money and he uses it to insinuate himself into other people's affairs, pretending to be the "family friend". One day he is asked by a man to lend him money for the wedding of Rosalba, his daughter. Geremia falls in love at first sight with the bewitching creature and and soon indulges in a "beauty and the beast" relationship... Written by
The good ones die young: that's why we have to be bad
L'amico di famiglia / Paolo Sorrentino (2006) A repulsive loan shark,
as greedy and unpleasant as one can get, faces the consequences of
love. Visually extremely beautiful, with a very cool soundtrack, great
performances (Bentivoglio with a Venetian accent???) and a plot that
grows minute after minute. I liked this film very much and I was so sad
to read the other reviews on IMDb because it's obvious nobody
understood it. You can say Sorrentino is Brothers Coen with a heart, to
make it very simple: but to read people who still unearth poor old
Fellini every time they watch an Italian film it's gut wrenching.
Filmed in real location (Latina, Sabaudia and the so-called Agro
Pontino were mostly built during Mussolini's dictatorship with the
peculiar "fascist" style that make them so unpleasant and cinematic at
the same time) and with mostly unknown actors Sorrentino takes his risk
in the last part of the movie and doesn't really make it right, but
it's a minor flaw that only the "Murder she wrote" fans can be
disappointed by. There are some things in common with former
Sorrentino's film "Le conseguenze dell'amore": a man who gave up his
life (and his dignity) for the sake of money has to come to terms with
the unwanted feelings of love (not simply love for a woman but love for
a different life, a friend, beauty, freedom, himself). I recommend this
film strongly as long as you're an open-minded person and you can get a
good translation, if you're not Italian.
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