LET YOURSELF GO
LASCIATI ANDARE
2017, Menemsha Films, 102 min, Italy, Dir: Francesco Amato

Psychoanalyst Elia (THE GREAT BEAUTY’s Toni Servillo) is a pure Freudian whose austere and detached manner holds his patients in awe, even though he lives alone in a flat on the same floor as the ex-wife he still secretly pines for. After a minor illness, Elia’s doctor prescribes an iron-rich diet and physical activity to lose some weight … which is how he chances upon Claudia (Verónica Echegui), a personal trainer well versed in the cult of physique but not that of the mind.


SUBURRA
2015, Netflix, 130 min, Italy/France, Dir: Stefano Sollima

An ambitious plan to turn waterfront property in a Roman suburb into an Italian version of Las Vegas brings together a motley assortment of Mafiosi and political bigwigs in director Stefano Sollima’s crackling crime thriller. As Berlusconi’s government crumbles and Pope Benedict XVI abdicates, everything seems up for grabs; hard-boiled performances (from a cast including Pierfrancesco Favino, Claudio Amendola, Alessandro Borghi and Greta Scarano) along with several bravura sequences underline the noirish moral vacuum. “This is straight-ahead mob action, a vision of crows pecking each other to death when they’re not feasting on the corpse of ‘Bunga Bunga’ Italy. It’s carried off with a great deal of flair.” - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian.


THOSE HAPPY YEARS
ANNI FELICI
2013, Celluloid Dreams, 101 min, Italy, Dir: Daniele Luchetti

Guido (Kim Rossi Stuart) is too self-centered to see that his wife (Micaela Ramazzotti) is upset about all the time he spends with beautiful women in his studio. So it’s a rude awakening when she leaves the narcissistic artist for a “feminist retreat” - right after his big Milan gallery show has gone horribly wrong. In Italian with English subtitles.


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