Il Caimano (2006)
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Controversial Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berluscoi is just one of the targets of writer and director Nanni Moretti's satiric focus in this sharp comedy-drama. In the 1970's, Bruno (Silvio Orlando) was one of Italy's most daring and best-respected filmmakers, while his wife Paola (Margherita Buy) was a leading box-office star. However, come the new millennium, things are a whole lot different for Bruno -- Paola is divorcing him, his production company is on the verge of bankruptcy, and he
Jan 1, 2006 Wide
Luisa De Santis
Elio De Capotani
Court House President
The Caiman's Lawyer
Car Driver in Accident
Renato De Maria
[Director Moretti] wraps his political agenda with an affecting story about a fading filmmaker whose dreams and beliefs aren't weathering the storms of middle age. If the politics don't get you, the life empathy will.
A familiarity with the vagaries of Italian politics in the last 20 years is a help, but not a necessity, to appreciate this fascinating at times farcical blend of domestic drama and political rumination.
A warm family drama pops through the seams of a film within-a-film about Silvio Berlusconi.
... the film-within-the film wraps, but the willful manipulation of honest citizens continues unabated.
An unfocused mess of a movie that fairly throws its hands in the air in the final act, rather than chug along to a conclusion.
one can only assume that it was the accumulation of Berlusconi's own indiscretions that cost him the 2006 elections rather than the muted blows of this aimlessly incoherent and over-clever satire.
Telling moments occur here and there, but there is a slack randomness to the movie, the attack on Berlusconi is unfocused and Bruno is too weak to sustain the film.
Some moments amuse but one's left wishing that Moretti had ditched his film-within-a-film framework and made either a documentary or a domestic drama.
Muddled and messy anti-Berlusconi satire now looks even more exasperating than when I first saw it.
The political satire in this bitty drama can be lost on those residing outside of Italy.
A fascinating film about moviemaking and government corruption, but it requires a fairly thorough understanding of Italian politics.
Revela-se três filmes em um; e o problema é que, embora funcione bem ao lidar com as atribulações de seu protagonista, acaba falhando no campo que talvez seja mais importante para seu realizador: o político.
The Caiman is a curious film. While there are flashes of brilliance and stimulating ideas, it is plagued by an underbelly of confusion
Patchy but enjoyable mish-mash of political satire, relationship drama and film-making comedy, though it does require a certain understanding of Italian politics.
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- Der Italiener (DE)
- The Caiman (Il Caimano) (UK)