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Gomorrah (Italian) July 10, 2009

Posted by nitish krishna in Movies.


Movie : Gomorrah

Language : Italian

Director : Matteo Garrone

This movie is based on a best selling book of the same name by Roberto Saviano. Saviano had written the book with a mix of fiction and non fiction and this is reflected in the movie. Most scenes are very very realistic and the characters too are very real.

This movie won the Gran Prix at Cannes probably because it shows a side of Europe that we rarely get to see. The movie is set in Scampia, a very poor suburb of Naples, that is the base for drug peddling mobsters.

Through the course of the film we meet seven people whose lives are inextricably linked to the Gomorrah (the name given to the Naples Mafia). There’s Don Ciro, the cash carrier, who gives out payments to the families of the imprisoned. Pasquale is a haute coutre tailor who gets on the wrong side of the mob when he offers his services to Chinese fakers. Roberto is a young man looking for a dream, but he realizes that he’s looking in the wrong place. Toto is a small kid who is awed by the gangsters and he is forced to make some hard choices if he wants to be one of them.

But the best characters are of Marco and Ciro, two wannabe-Tony Montanas who frequently act out scenes from the movie. Their story is the most heart-breaking.

On the whole the movie is a treat for lovers of gangster movies. It does not have as much action as the Departed but is still an engaging watch.

WATCH THIS FILM IF: You love gangster movies. It has the style of Miller’s Crossing and the charm of Crash.

DON’T WATCH THIS FILM IF: You abhor violence in all forms or don’t like watching movies with subtitles.

Warning : Copius amounts of violence (not much blood-gore though)



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