Gomorrah (2008)

MATTEO GARRONE

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

Original title:  Gomorra

Italy, 2008.  , , , , .  Screenplay by , , , Matteo Garrone, , , based on the book by Roberto Saviano.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by . Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Cannes Film Festival 2008.  Golden Globe Awards 2008.  Independent Spirit Awards 2008.  Toronto International Film Festival 2008.

Uncompromising look at the Neapolitan “Camorra” mafia that has been called the Italian City Of God. Director Matteo Garrone follows a varied assortment of characters either oppressing or being oppressed by a rigid mob that controls everything from haute couture fashion to street-level thuggery.  The situation causes endless amounts of violence and bloodshed but, seemingly from the looks of the way these people live, does not benefit anyone in any glorious way. The story begins when a number of members in the group defect from the core and start killing their colleagues, leading to an all-out war that is not without its innocent bystanders. To say that the film is enjoyable would be a stretch, as it is dark and quite upsetting, but the precision and realistic detail with which the world it depicts is presented, unglamorous and free of Godfather-esque notions of “honour” and “family”, is extremely impressive. The performances are naturalistic enough to be worthy of Pasolini.

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