SUBURRA (2015)

suburra 2015

A film by Stefano Sollima

Cast: Greta Scarano, Pierfrancesco Favino, Jean-Hugues Anglade

Here is a great one from the director Sollima who directed the series Gomorra  And yes it is about the mafia in rome and trust me it is brutal but very well written.

The Suburra is in the old Rome where crime rules it has brothel, bistros and that is where some politicians goes to meet members of the mafia. Nothing is really change in Rome that is the way it has been for centuries. The year is 2011, a week away from the fall of the government . In a sort of countdown to the Apocalyse announced at the beginning of the film, in  Rome flooded by rain, we are introduced to different and apparently unconnected worlds. So you have the political world with the honourable Malgradi (Pierfrancesco Favino), a greedy and depraved PR manager; the world of VIP parties with Sebastiano (Elio Germano), a  social climber; the underworld of the coastal area of Rome with Number 8 (Alessandro Borghi), the protagonist , the heir to a powerful family that manages the area. Then there’s the ‘Samurai’ (Claudio Amendola), a former member of the Magliana Gang, who seems the most harmless but he is the one who is the mediator between the families and then some. Manfredi (Adamo Dionisi), the boss of a  cutthroat family of gypsy loan sharks; Viola (Greta Scarano), the drug addicted girlfriend of Number 8, and Sabrina (Giulia Elettra Gorietti), an escort who works with minors. Everyone interest is in this property waterfront in Ostia which is going to be  a new Las Vegas full of hotels, clubs and casinos. In the same week, the Pope steps down. (although this actually happened just over a year later).


And yes here you have it but has you know human being are consumed by greed and only the strong will survive. Everyone wants a piece of the pie. The thing that I love in this film is that at the beginning a person will die but that other person will start talking and the word of mouth goes around and set in motion the story. There is no heroes in this story just a bunch of criminal who want more money and power to the point it will consume them and blind side them in not seeing the dude with the gun. The story is from the novel from the novel of the same name by Giancarlo De Cataldo (who also wrote Romanzo Criminale . The cinematography here  is at times gritty and seedy, other times soft and flashy. The music is like you never heard it before and fits the film perfectly well and is used to build the tension that will flow in the vein of the actors. So I say to you do not miss this one.



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