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I was a bit skeptical about a new adaptation from Ammaniti's novels by Salvatores, who directed before the lucky "Io Non Ho Paura", but then I felt rather satisfied sitting at the cinema watching this impressive movie. The book itself was written in a very cinematographic way, almost like a screenplay, so the adaptation wasn't a real problem. My doubts about it concerned the most the cast, because reading the book I wasn't able to imagine the right faces for these characters, but Salvatores hasn't disappointed me: Elio Germano is outstanding and creates the best role in his career, I think; I didn't know previous works from Filippo Timi but according to me he's a very good actor and the young Alvaro Caleca makes a wonderful breakthrough in cinema world.
I particularly liked the soundtrack, with music composed by Tre Allegri Ragazzi Morti (an alternative Italian rock band from the same area in which the movie was filmed), Bob Dylan, Robbie Williams and original music only for the movie.
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