A story set in the 90s and in the outskirts of Rome to Ostia, the same places of the films of Pasolini. His characters, in the '90s, seem to belong to a world that revolves around hedonism.... See full summary »
A brilliant recent graduate struggles to find work. After falling into a babysitting job, she is introduced by the child's mother to the world of the international call center, its employees, and the fast pace that drives them.
Walter is 20. He hasn't got a job, a girlfriend or any clear convictions. He rejects conventional values, notably his father's submissive acceptance of a life working in a factory as well ... See full summary »
A university researcher is fired because of the cuts to university. To earn a living he decides to produce drugs recruiting his former colleagues, who despite their skills are living at the margins of society.
Marcello, a small and gentle dog groomer, finds himself involved in a dangerous relationship of subjugation with Simone, a former violent boxer who terrorizes the entire neighborhood. In an... See full summary »
Remo Guerra is a policeman with a double life, who at night with a group of thugs, who he occasionally meets in bars, raids rich people's houses in Rome. Because of his hate for discipline he is soon dismissed from the force and he can continue his criminal life full time. One night he gets arrested and spends 3 years in jail. When he is released he buys a bar and tries to live a normal life, but soon enough the debts he has contracted for the purchase of the bar and his innate rage against society drive him back to muggings and hold ups. One night he tries to rob a very powerful politician...Written by
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Maybe the first movie exploring life in roman slums (the infamous "borgate") since well-known Pasolini's efforts, "L'Odore Della Notte" is based on a true story, and the gang it tells about was dubbed "clockwork orange gang" due to their style of robbing people in their own houses (ink was spilled on italian newspapers wheter Kubrick film had a bad influence on criminal minded youth). The film goes straight to its point: analyzing the mind of the group three main components. The boss, Remo Guerra (Valerio Mastandrea, perfect for the role) is on a war against the world: after a short stint as a policeman, he's fired from his duty and leaves the corp as he couldn't stand the dull life under narrow-minded superiors. His efficiency and kept-to-the-minimum dialogues during robberies derive from this experience. Maurizio Leggeri (superbly played by Marco Giallini) is just in for the money, so that he can afford great wheels and get out from the borgata. Roberto is maybe the only component who commits crimes to feed his family and is shadowed with the idea of going to jail, so he soon leaves the group, forcing Remo to buy a bar and get out of the crime business. When the bar is submerged with debts Remo has no choice but forming the group again, replacing the skeptical Roberto with ill-mannered hulk "Rozzo" (self-explaining nickname meaning "rough"); Maurizio soon shows back but with a slight coke trouble...the gang is up to no good. In the final showdown, the three burst into a supposedly rich house, where they find a politician from Democrazia Cristiana (political party with strong catholic influences), a priest and the members of a chic family. This group is convinced to know the reasons behind the insane acts of the gang members, who in spite, are looking for no understanding from the people they're robbing. A movie without frills, telling an interesting story of human cases, slums and how to get out of them. It's not difficult to find strong critics to italian attitude in those years, political parties and police included. Let's not forget, the film is set during the "Lead Years" (Anni di Piombo), when Italy was hardly struck by terrorism and "normal crooks" were often overlooked. Nevertheless, one can not help but think that the city of Rome and its darkest side play one of the main roles in this movie. Last, but not least, there is a remarkable and hilarious cameo by italian singer and Elvis performer Little Tony, who is forced to sing his hit "Cuore Matto" under the threat of a 9 mm.
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