Irish Film Institute -HUMAN CAPITAL



109 minutes, Italy-France, 2013, Colour, D-Cinema

Dino (Fabrizio Bentivoglio) is a real estate agent who is easily seduced by the trappings of wealth, and fancies himself as deserving of a payday. He throws his lot in with hedge-fund hawker Giovanni Bernaschi (Fabrizio Gifuni), the father of his daughter’s boyfriend. Carla (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi), Giovanni’s timid wife, is desperate for validation and finds a project in renovating a rundown theatre, which gains her the attention of academic Donato (Luigi Lo Cascio). Dino’s daughter Serena (Matilde Gioli) has little time for the Bernaschi’s money, and finds herself distracted by troubled artist Luca (Giovanni Anzaldo).

A tragic accident is at the centre of a story presented in chapters, from three different points of view. With well-drawn characters and a daring, intelligent script, Paolo Virzì’s gripping, ambitiously constructed drama is a pertinent examination of life in a modern Europe which smartly addresses issues of relationships, class and capitalism. (Notes by Michael Hayden.)

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★★★★ The Irish Times

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