|Duration||2h 31m||Rating (UK)||18|
|Source of story||An original screenplay inspired by politics in Italy in recent years|
|Writers/Script||Umberto Contarello, Paolo Sorrentino|
|Starring||Toni Servgillo, Elena Sofia Ricci, Riccardo Scamarcio, Kasia Smutniak, Euridice Axen|
Elevator Pitch: A local fixer in Italy, who uses prostitutes to influence those capable of awarding contracts, has ambitions to get close to Silvio ( Apparently not Berlusconi but someone exactly like him in a parrallel universe), and so he hires a villa in Sardinia, opposite that owned by his objective and populates it with a multitude of well formed young women, who are mostly visible scantily clad around the enormous swimming pool. Meanwhile Silvio is grappling with his political ambitions and the fact that his second wife may want to divorce him, and so pays limited attention to the temptations paraded before him.
Content: There is quite a bit of what some might think of as graphic and gratuitous sex and nudity, but doubtless the director would see these scenes as essential for the story. As well as the sex almost continuous snorting of cocaine and a lot of heavy drinking. But later things calm down a bit and we see Silvio engaged in political manoeuvring, singing to an appreciative audience and arguing with his wife. He fancies a young student but is rejected because he is old. We almost feel sorry for him.
A View: The posters give you an idea of what to expect, but the presentation is curiously art house, which resulted in the critics liking it a lot. At times there is so much happening on the screen that you forget to read the subtitles. It is very humerous at times slyly poking fun at the Italian political establishment. I liked it but it would not be for everyone, so if this short review lights your fire it will be worth the ticket price.
Additional Info: This long film is a compilation of two shorter films, and you can pretty well see the break. I’m not 100% certain but it looks like quite an important strand of the plot has been left out of this version.