The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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Most of the time, however, one is constantly aware that the film seems rather long.
China Is Near's hysterically cynical plot could easily take place anywhere there's a surplus of social-climbers.
Bellocchio makes it all rhyme. The camera glides in and out and around the action; it moves as simply and with as much apparent ease as if it were attached to the director's forehead.
Smart scathing satire on modern-day sex and politics.
In "China Is Near," Vittorio(Glauco Mauri), a professor, has been selected to be the socialist candidate for councilman, despite his severe lack of experience. Well, he is from money, so there is that. That might also explain why Carlo(Paolo Graziosi), a bookkeeper, is so resentful at being passed over. In the meantime, Vittorio's sister Elena(Elda Tattoli) continues with her affairs, as if nothing important else is happening which only serves to irritate her brother.
"China Is Near" is a witty political satire aimed at the Socialist Party of Italy which here is accused of waffling between the Communists and the conservative Christian Democrats.(Is it just me or are politics in Italy really weird?) And that's when they are not sidelining women or being distracted by sex. That is kind of ironic because the movie does tend to get distracted in spots, even while managing to be quite entertaining in the end.
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