Friday, April 17, 2009


Movie name: Gomorra
Year of release: 2008
Director: Matteo Garrone
Stars: Salvatore Abruzzese, Simone Sacchettino, Salvatore Ruocco, Vincenzo Fabricino
Genre: Drama, Crime
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 7

"Gomorra" was Italy's official Foreign film oscar entry for the 2008 Oscar competition. It's a film that brings forth the story of the crime tentacles that are spreading around that country and throughout Europe (and the world in general). There has been a tradition in detailing the Mafia and Organized Crime stories that have always existed in Italy, something that RAI explored in the 80s with the very successful TV Show "La Piovra". However Matteo Garrone goes in a different path in his approach. He focuses on a particular microcosms of life, people that are connected to directly or are somehow involved with the way organized crime is processed. His film has a documentary look and feel, very close to the lives of people that deal with these realities every day. There is nothing glamorous in this reality, no instant gratification, and the painful deaths are very real. This is a film that haunts you for what it displays and that gives you shudders for the little hope that presents in the future.