Tragedy doesn't come any more Dickensian in tone or Shakespearian in scope than this dark social drama of the disintegration of a little family of four. A series of small debts triggers the...
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Tragedy doesn't come any more Dickensian in tone or Shakespearian in scope than this dark social drama of the disintegration of a little family of four. A series of small debts triggers the swift domino effect that unleashes chaos on a well-meaning working class dad who has the bad judgment to speak truth to power.
This movie shows the struggle of a broke Slovenian family (father, mother, 2 kids) during the recent times of financial crisis and perma-recession. It reminisces the times of socialism and how society has changed since then.
This is the first time I've rated a movie 1. Here are the reasons:
The narrative is quite simple and characters could be divided in two categories: those in the position of power and those who get exploited. Most of the times, the exploiters are smart, successful and/or evil sociopaths, while the exploited are dumb, poor, but well intended and their actions always result in catastrophe. Kids are portrayed as nice and well behaved despite growing up in conditions of extreme poverty and unstable parents. This is not how the world works. The actions of most of the characters don't make any sense and are there just to fit the narrative.
Next, the use of graphic and disgusting scenes to shock the audience. I presume the point of these scenes is to get the audience to understand the sheer despair and misfortune of the main protagonists, but in my opinion, Inferno is trying too hard. As misfortunes are piling up, the movie gets more and more predictable towards the end and at some point I was just waiting for it to be over.
Inferno is a depressing and angry social drama with simple and stereotypical views on society and people. It offers no solutions, but complains a lot about how unfair the world is. In a way, it is a good reflection of the current state of mind in Slovenia and the Western world in general.
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