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Come due coccodrilli (1994)

Gabriele is a successful antiques dealer in Paris, but he's dogged by dreams of his childhood in Italy, where he was raised by a loving mother, the kept mistress of Gabriele's father, a ... See full summary »

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Giacomo Campiotti
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Fabrizio Bentivoglio ... Gabriele
Giancarlo Giannini ... Pietro Fraschini
Ignazio Oliva Ignazio Oliva ... Young Gabriele
Valeria Golino ... Marta
Angela Baraldi Angela Baraldi ... Antonella
Sandrine Dumas ... Claire
Adriano Martelli Adriano Martelli ... Gabriele
Raffaella Lebboroni Raffaella Lebboroni
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alessandro Di Natale Alessandro Di Natale ... Mauro
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Gabriele is a successful antiques dealer in Paris, but he's dogged by dreams of his childhood in Italy, where he was raised by a loving mother, the kept mistress of Gabriele's father, a wealthy patriarch. When she dies, Gabriele is "adopted" into his father's affluent family, but his bastard status elicits resentment and cruelty from his step-brothers. Still hurting and haunted years later, Gabriele hatches a plan for revenge. Written by Joshua James

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Italian

Release Date:

30 March 1995 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Like Two Crocodiles See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Much more than stunning visuals
3 November 2000 | by cruiseaboutSee all my reviews

When this movie starts, you may feel that you are being given pieces from two different jigsaw puzzles to put into place, as a complex and intriguing story is interwoven from fragments of a man's life, constantly flashing back, first to his childhood, and then to his adolescence, and finally revealing a portrait of a man deeply affected by the events of the past. Gradually a revenge motif seeps through the deeply affecting and visually arresting scenario. The film and it's characters are mesmerizingly vivid, so much so that you'll want to see it more than once. Perhaps, at the end, you may feel let down by the denouement, which is not as dramatic as we have anticipated, but then, this is the point of the film: that the man's perceptions of the occurrences and people close to him at earlier stages of his life, which have so poisoned his memory and personality, are revealed to have been falsely interpreted, and the rush of realization that he experiences enables him to break the shackles of the past. It's a memorable film, affecting and rather unique in it's style and resolution.


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