Black Souls


Black Souls (2015)


Critic Consensus: Black Souls works within familiar themes to explore intelligent -- and thrillingly entertaining -- dramatic arcs that plunge into the deliciously dark depths of Mafia crime.


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BLACK SOULS ("Anime Nere") is a gripping morality tale of violence begetting violence in rural Calabria, that takes us on a journey into the dark and sinister world of the real-life mafia ('Ndrangheta) in Southern Italy. Based upon the actual events described in Gioacchino Criaco's novel of the same name, Black Souls vividly brings to life the inevitable tragic consequences when never-ending revenge and vendetta is passed down from generation to generation. The film focuses in on the Carbone family that consists of three brothers, Luigi (Marco Leonardi) & Rocco (Peppino Mazzotta) who are engaged in the family business of international drug trade, and Luciano (Fabrizio Ferracane) who has remained behind herding goats in their ancestral town of Africo in the remote Aspromonte mountains on the Ionic coast. Luciano's 20-year old son Leo (Giuseppe Fumo) has little respect for his father's simple ways and instead idealizes his two Mafioso uncles and their urban lifestyle. When Leo shoots up a local bar owned by a rival family, his reckless actions reignites a longstanding blood feud and sets off a tragic chain of events that violently grinds toward an inevitable bloody showdown for all involved.(C) Vitagraph

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This Mafia drama sets out to strip away any hint of glamour.

Oct 26, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Though the content of the typical mob movie can shock with its brutality and perversity, the tragic arc ultimately reinforces traditional values while allowing a vicarious indulgence in the taboo.

May 21, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Writer-director Franceso Munzi has particularized the familial relationships enough for it to stand on its own. (As Tolstoy wrote, all happy crime families are the same but each unhappy crime family is unhappy in its own way.)

May 7, 2015 | Full Review…

Black Souls is above all the story of a family divided, a fraternal knot that can be untied only through tragedy.

May 7, 2015 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Solemn, strong Italian film about family, crime and the deep roots of revenge offers widescreen visions and intimate murders, making for a very different Mafia saga.

May 6, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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Broodingly effective as a crime drama because it's driven by family dynamics as much as the mechanics of transgression.

Apr 23, 2015 | Full Review…

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