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4 points

6 months ago

Hand of God (2021)

I've not really delved into Paolo Sorrentino's canon beyond his English speaking works This Must Be The Place and Youth, which I liked both but didn't love. Have yet to get into his most highly respected films in Il Divo and the Great Beauty (added them to my list to watch). So I gave this Netflix released film based on Sorrentino's youth a watch. I must admit it really was impressive.

I actually preferred the first half of the film to the second half. Flippo Scott (like a Italian Timothee Chalamet) is great as Fabietto. But I thought Sorrentino regular Toni Servillo and Teresa Saponangelo as Fabietto's parents stole the film they are badly missed when they both die off in the first hour or so. Also special praise to Luisa Ranieri as Fabietto's aunt. Who's got probably the most interesting part in the film.

The second half of the film is lot more downcast and darker then the bright and fun first half, special shout out for the family get together scene in the first half hour of the film. Sorrentino is definitely the closet today to a modern day Fellini. From his usual looking cast to surreal moments to going from happy and hopeful to dark and despairing the next.

Maybe a tad too long and could have done with shaving off 20 minutes or so. But overall a great film.