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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Aniello Arena
Nando Paone
Loredana Simioli.
Directors
Matteo Garrone.
Screenwriters
Matteo Garrone
Ugo Chiti
Maurizio Braucci
Massimo Gaudioso.
Running Time
116 minutes

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Reality
Cheery Gamorrah follow-up


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Plot
Toiling fishmonger Luciano (Aniello Arena) dreams of celebrity and riches. When a reality TV show rolls into town, he has the chance to realise his ambitions, but at what cost?


Review
Reality
Luciano the fishmonger dreams of fame. So when Italian Big Brother hits town, he gurns for the auditions and waits for the call. It never comes. Luciano, however, is convinced the cameras are already on him and slowly mutates into the town’s resident saint, feeding the needy and his own deluded ego. If Matteo Garrone’s Mob drama Gomorrah was his Pasolini, this follow-up, you guess, is his Fellini: a farcical showbiz parable rich in religious symbolism and sly digs at the false god of fame. Aniello Arena leads the cast with gormless gusto, but offered the chance of biting satire, Garrone blows raspberries instead. Frivolous but likable. 


Verdict
As a satire on the seduction by media and our infatuation with celebrity, it's hardly The Truman Show, but Garrone’s Gomorrah follow-up is wry and witty. Plenty of fun.


Reviewed by Simon Crook

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