Directed by Matteo Garrone
A hard-headed look at Italy’s most fearsome crime organization
Gomorrah will challenge everything you know about mob movies, said Manohla Dargis in The New York Times. Don’t expect to see any “white-haired mamas lovingly stirring the spaghetti sauce” or to hear opera arias swelling as the drama heightens. Matteo Garrone’s Gomorrah—a play on Camorra, the name of Italy’s largest crime gang—is a “corrosive and ferociously unsentimental fictional look at Italian organized crime.” There’s nothing glamorous about his portrait of gangster life near Naples, said Andrew O’Hehir in Salon.com. Garrone follows five individuals caught in the Camorra’s perilous web and holds them “at arm’s length, almost dispassionately.” Gomorrah, like the best-selling exposé by Roberto Saviano on which it was based, shows crime syndicates for what they truly are. The real crime bosses are not impressive; they make “Tony Soprano look like Lorenzo de Medici.” Such authenticity makes Gomorrah shockingly immediate, said Kenneth Turan in the Los Angeles Times. Garrone has daringly captured a “pitiless world of criminality,” a world in which the fiercest struggle isn’t for money or power but “to get out alive.”
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