• 2012
  • Italy
  • 1h 55min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Matteo Garrone
  • Written by: Matteo Garrone
  • Cast: Aniello Arena, Loredana Simioli, Nando Paone
  • Language: Italian
  • UK release: 22 March 2013

Luciano (Arena) is a likeable Neapolitan fish-seller determined to make it onto the Italian version of Big Brother. More stylised than Garrone’s earlier Gomorrah, it’s a powerful metaphor for Berlusconi-era Italy, and Arena, a convicted former Mafia hitman who discovered acting in prison, is compelling.

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9 Oct 20124 stars

Magic realist drama from Gomorrah director Matteo Garrone

Meet Luciano (Aniello Arena), a Neapolitan fish-seller and minor scam artist. Encouraged by his wife Maria (Loredana Simioli), three children and extended family, he enters the local try-outs for the popular reality TV series Grande Fratelli (Big…

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