Una vita tranquilla (2010)
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Two young Italians have been recruited to kill a man. When fire at their hotel make them leave, they show at the country inn with a restaurant run by Rosario. The chef, preparing to serve a large banquet, is not ready to see one of the guys, whom he recognizes as his own son Diego. He realizes his companion, Edoardo, is up to no good. Rosario gives them a room while he tries to investigate what the pair is doing in that part of Germany.
Rosario tails the duo to outside a factory where Diego is about to shoot his target. Rosario, coming out of his hiding place, warns Diego not to do it, but Edoardo takes the gun and kills the man in a cruel fashion. Trying to put some sense into Diego does not work. Edoardo does not take long to realize Rosario's true identity. He realizes that Rosario is in reality Antonio, the man with a violent past in Naples, being sought by the people he himself killed during his crime life.
"A Quiet Life" directed by Claudio Cupellini, is another variation on the theme of the past coming to haunt a man whose life had taken a complete change and is now an upright citizen trying to lead a good life among people that have given him an opportunity to absolve himself. The screenplay is by the director in collaboration with Guido Iculano and Filippo Gravino. The idea is not exactly new, but the execution by Claudio Cupellini, with the help of tremendous performance by one of Italy's leading actors, is interesting, keeping the viewer glued to the nonstop surprising twists in the story.
Toni Servillo, who gave a powerful performance as Giulio Andreotti in "It Divo", makes quite an impression with his Rosario, a man who reinvented himself in a different setting, but whose past came back to him with a vengeance. Mr. Servillo is a joy to watch. His range of emotions go from the happy man at the start of the film to that of a man who sees all he has built crumbles in front of his eyes. Juliane Kohler plays Renate, the German wife whose life is destroyed as well. Marco D'Amore shines as Diego, the long lost son. Francesco Di Leva is Edoardo, the loose cannon who discovers a deeply hidden secret.
Claudio Cupellini shows talent in setting this story with his impeccable execution. One looks forward to more contributions by the director in the coming years.