5. LA GRANDE BELLEZZA (2013) di Paolo Sorrentino
The Neapolitan director Sorrentino brought on the silver screen not-so random scenes of mundane life in Rome, describing its decadence and dissolution against the eternal, almost sacred background of the Italian capital. Toni Servillo is Jep Gambardella, a journalist who, wandering through the great beauty of Rome, asks himself time and time again what’s all about, is there something meaningful beyond our existence? The truth is, the watchers don’t get to immediately realize that they’re witnessing a grotesque show: humans devoid of soul, lazy, just mere masks incapable of facing the fact that life’s defeated them – but probably they didn’t even try to fight in the first place; Sorrentino’s characters are tormented and disillusioned, this is why – the director suggests – we need to seek a truthful existence, in line with our conscience and our feelings. Only looking inside ourselves will we find the true great beauty.
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