Jep Gambardella has seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades, but after his 65th birthday and a shock from the past, Jep looks past the nightclubs and parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.
A retired orchestra conductor is on holiday with his daughter and his film director best friend in the Alps when he receives an invitation from Queen Elizabeth II to perform for Prince Philip's birthday.
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... See full summary »
Journalist Jep Gambardella has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades. Since the legendary success of his one and only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city's literary and social circles, but when his sixty-fifth birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafés to find Rome in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. Written by
I rarely feel moved to extol the virtues of a film but this is an astoundingly good one: by turns slyly funny and profound. All the ingredients are exceptional; cinematography, music and performances - especially the central role.
It is not just the Roman setting that is reminiscent of Fellini at his very best but the feeling of watching a film that resembles a grand tapestry with many themes and threads woven through it. Most of all it quivers with that anarchic energy you find in only the best Italian films.
This is on general release in the UK at the moment. I would strongly advise trying to catch it in a proper cinema with a good sound system while you can. You won't regret it!
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