Not Rated | | Drama
Jep Gambardella has seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades, but after his 65th birthday and a shock from the past, Jep looks past the nightclubs and parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.
One of Sorrentino's inspirations for this movie was Flaubert's famous statement that he intended to write a novel about nothing. Sorrentino stated, "By 'nothing' he meant the rumors and gossip, the thousand ways we have of wasting time, the things that irritate us or delight us but that are so short-lived that they make us doubt the meaning of life. That 'nothing' makes up many people's entire lives." He also said that he wanted to depict "the great thing about life, the fact that you can be surprised by something that you'd decided was vulgar and wretched, and then suddenly what is vulgar and wretched reveals its own entirely unexpected grace."
Fanny Ardant: Bonne nuit.
A 174-minute extended version was screened at the Rome Film Festival in October 2015 and then released theatrically in Italy in June 2016. Here are some of the additional scenes:
Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Chinese
$23,442 17 November 2013