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As God Commands (2008)

Come Dio comanda (original title)
A dark drama centered on a 14-year-old boy and his neo-Nazi dad, who are both outcasts in their suburban town.

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Rino Zena
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Quattro Formaggi
Alvaro Caleca ...
Cristiano Zena
Angelica Leo ...
Fabiana
Fabio De Luigi ...
Trecca
Alessandro Mizzi ...
Uomo SUV
Corinna Agustoni ...
Maria Pirro
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Marchetta
Ludovica Di Rocco ...
Esmeralda
Valentina Sussi ...
Ragazza Centro Sociale
Andrea De Nori ...
Alex
Vanja Serra ...
Amico di Alex
Stefano Rota ...
Medico Ambulanza
Vasco Mirandola ...
Dottor Brolli
Giuseppe Cristiano ...
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The story of the relationship between a neo-Nazi and alcoholic man, Rino Zena and his 11-year-old son Cristiano. They live on the margins of the society in a town in North Italy. Their only friend is Quattro Formaggi, a mentally ill man with whom they kinda form a surrogate family. A dark, long night of rain, lighting and desperation will change their lives forever. Written by Anonymous

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12 December 2008 (Italy)  »

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As God Commands  »

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€6,000,000 (estimated)
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Actor Diego Abatantuono loved Niccolò Ammaniti's novel that much that he begged director Gabriele Salvatores to cast him as Danilo. Unfortunately, that particular character was not included in the final screenplay so Abatantuono couldn't be cast. See more »

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Final credits include 8mm-footage of the five lead stars from a deleted scene. See more »

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Come Dio Comanda
Written by Davide Toffolo, Enrico Molteni, Luca Masseroni
Performed by Tre Allegri Ragazzi Morti
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Overcooked and Unintentionally Laughable
3 March 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this film last night at the Italian Film Festival in LA and was deeply disappointed. I'm a huge fan of bleak, minimalist cinema and in theory this movie, with its hand-held aesthetic, promise of exploring neo-fascism in modern Italy and dark yet humanist subject matter seemed right up my alley. Turns out I was wrong.

Let's start positively, the cinematography is good. Especially a gorgeous scene where the lead kid takes a long walk with a wheelbarrow, which was a great sequence, but everything else about this movie is so over-the-top, so cheesy and manipulative, so thematically scattered, that it was all I could do not to leave the theater and go watch something else to cleanse my pallet.

Especially heavy-handed are the music cues. Oh my god... unbelievable. Every time the music dropped it was with such obvious, manipulative purpose that I died a little inside. And the movie's constant references to God and his intent on this earth are supposed to resonate on a deep thematic level, I assume. But they don't. It's just more overused trite masquerading as meaning in a film lost in its own pretensions.

I really do enjoy this KIND of movie. But this is a terrible example of it.


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