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26 Jun 2016
Based on the bestselling book by Roberto Saviano, this is perhaps the most realistic and resolutely unsentimental Mafia picture to emerge from Italy. Power, money and blood: these are the ‘values’ that the residents of Naples and Caserta have to live with every day; they are forced to obey the rules of the system, or the Camorra.
Five stories are woven together in this violent scenario, set in a cruel and apparently imaginary world, but one that is deeply rooted in reality. This powerful and visceral work, which acted as a mirror reflection of headlines in Italy at the time it was made, benefits from director Garrone’s understated style, and the violence, when it arrives, is un-sensationalised.
Gomorrah, dir. Matteo Garrone, Italy 2008, 137 mins. Italian, Catonese and French with English subtitles.
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