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Gomorrah (2008)

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

gomorraGomorrah 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).

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4 comments on “Gomorrah (2008)

  1. SJHoneywell
    01/28/2013

    I found this one very affecting, and not at all what I expected. Brutal and terrible, and very, very real.

  2. Klaus
    01/29/2013

    Yeah, not a terribly uplifting film!

    Initially, I had a bit of trouble following along, until I realized that the stories were not going to come together in some meaningful way, and then settled in to what was a pretty unexpected film.

    I can’t say I really enjoyed this film, but I would watch it again.

  3. Paragraph Film Reviews
    02/01/2013

    Didn’t really enjoy this one at all. Given the plaudits and hype this one left me cold and underwhelmed. Watched it with another couple who felt similarly let down.

    For being 140 mins too, I felt it should have delivered much more.

  4. Klaus
    02/04/2013

    You’re right, for 140 mins, there could have been more.

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