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Il Caimano

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

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[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.

June 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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It's uneven.

October 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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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.

September 23, 2006
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A warm family drama pops through the seams of a film within-a-film about Silvio Berlusconi.

May 22, 2006
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... the film-within-the film wraps, but the willful manipulation of honest citizens continues unabated.

June 27, 2007 Full Review Source: JWR

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.

June 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

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.

June 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4

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.

April 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Muddled and messy anti-Berlusconi satire now looks even more exasperating than when I first saw it.

April 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian

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.

April 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

The political satire in this bitty drama can be lost on those residing outside of Italy.

April 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

A fascinating film about moviemaking and government corruption, but it requires a fairly thorough understanding of Italian politics.

April 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Revela-se trŕs filmes em um; e o problema Ú que, embora funcione bem ao lidar com as atribulaš§es de seu protagonista, acaba falhando no campo que talvez seja mais importante para seu realizador: o polÝtico.

November 24, 2006
Cinema em Cena

The Caiman is a curious film. While there are flashes of brilliance and stimulating ideas, it is plagued by an underbelly of confusion

November 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Patchy but enjoyable mish-mash of political satire, relationship drama and film-making comedy, though it does require a certain understanding of Italian politics.

October 27, 2006 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

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October 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

...ultimately hurt by the overt familiarity of its storyline...

September 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Perhaps the fictive demise of Berlusconi is enough for the Italian masses, but others might want something more for their ticket- or rental fee, such as a properly structured and thematically coherent story.

June 4, 2006 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Il Caimano

A comparison between two systems, the disastrous life of a film producer, and the calamitous course of a country ruled by a hypocrite and corrupt villain (which is not fiction at all, not only in italy).
A satire about power and the odyssey of making a movie about it. funny and with charming performances, nevertheless, some parts of the screenplay and the character played by Jasmine Trinca are a bit weak, and I also think the life of the producer, superbly played by Silvio Orlando, was far more interesting than the political aspects that Nanni Moretti was anxious to denounce, as he did right at the end. but that would be another movie, of course.
March 12, 2008

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Foreign Titles

  • Der Italiener (DE)
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