19 September 2018 | papadopoulos-panos
A tour de force
Set in suburban Rome, this is the true story of Stefano Cucchi, who was arrested for possession of drugs, then fell victim to police brutality.
Sounds familiar, even boring, I've-seen-it-all-before fare? Far from it, this is no white Rodney King story, there is no morale here, no heroes or anti-heroes, just a dysfunctional police & penal system and its victims. And the movie?
Simply, this is one of the best films produced by the ailing Italian cinema of the 2000s.
A grueling, insanely gritty, claustrophobic, intense thriller, boosted by an array of painfully brilliant performances and the documentaristic, crammed with close-ups, direction - reminiscent of Kassowitz's work in La Haine.
This is an absolute tour de force. If you're even remotely interested in great storytelling, do not miss it.