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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
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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