in about 100 words or less
Italy 137m, Colour
Director: Matteo Garrone; Cast: Toni Servillo, Gianfelice Imparato, Maria Nazionale, Salvatore Cantalupo, Gigio Morra, Salvatore Abruzzese, Marco Macor, Ciro Petrone, Carmine Paternoster
Gomorrah is a dark dramatic telling of five stories which take place within a criminal syndicate known as the Camorra, an Italian criminal organization which dates back to the 18th century. Unrelated to one another, each of the five stories characterizes various aspects of life as it is impacted by the mob. Though one might expect the stories to merge at some point (which is cause for some confusion), each play out to furiously violent and often unexpected conclusions. Gomorrah is an unforgettable portrait of mob life that is so far removed from Godfather (1972) as to be unrecognizable (Klaus Ming January 2013).