Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
Italy, 2003. Filmalbatros, Rai Cinemafiction, Sky. Screenplay by Marco Bellocchio, Daniela Ceselli, based on the book Il Prigioniero by Anna Laura Braghetti, Paola Tavella. Cinematography by Pasquale Mari. Produced by Marco Bellocchio, Sergio Pelone. Music by Riccardo Giagni. Production Design by Marco Dentici. Costume Design by Sergio Ballo. Film Editing by Francesca Calvelli. Toronto International Film Festival 2003.
This involving drama deals with the news item that shocked Italian society for years after its occurrence: the 1978 kidnapping by the Red Brigade of Christian Democrat leader Aldo Moro. The main character is a young woman (Maya Sansa) working with four collaborators, keeping up appearances in their apartment building while also making sure to keep the victim as out of sight and accommodated as possible. Marco Bellocchio uses terrific montage sequences and a killer soundtrack to tell the story, not to mention believably real actors led by the expertly skilled Sansa in the lead. Unfortunately, the film never gets to the powerful heights of the best political thrillers because the characters are all flat and two-dimensional, and the whole thing is over before it feels like it has reached its peak. Still, it is a memorable experience and a credible account of a very scary true story.