Excerpt: Il nuovo film di Paolo Sorrentino e’ il racconto travolgente, generoso, feroce di una citta’ e di un Paese, devastati dalla superficialita’, dallo spreco, da un continuo stillicidio del proprio talento.
Excerpt: This sprawling film’s story seems fairly confined, but its real character is epic in scope, a Lawrence of Arabia focused on the whole of Italian culture from the Roman Empire to the 1960s heydays of Italian cinema.
Excerpt: The film’s timeline is ostensibly linear, but there is little logical connective tissue bridging scenes; Jep simply wanders around the city, parties, chats with his dwarfish editor, shares argumentative cocktail nights with colleagues, parties, attends bizarre performance art, parties, and catches up with old friends. A considerable portion of the film takes place at night, intensifying a feeling of dream-induced ellipses already aroused by Sorrentino’s seemingly weightless, constantly floating camera.
Excerpt: Paolo Sorrentino’s (Il Divo) breathtaking excursion through Roman high life is a sad, funny, sexy, heartbreaking, and exquisite look at a society dancing as fast as it can to keep up with a past that can’t be caught or even quite remembered.
Excerpt: The epically sprawling narrative seems just as self-absorbed as the social elite that it follows; the seemingly random transitions from scene to scene and the exquisitely drifting camera movements give the allusion of a surrealist fantasy absorbed via a third person omnipotent perspective, and a near-Proustian mastery of the narrative form repeatedly renews our confidence that Sorrentino knows precisely what he is doing.