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L' Amico di Famiglia (The Family Friend) (Friend of the Family) (2006)

L' Amico di Famiglia (The Family Friend) (Friend of the Family) (2006)

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In writer/director Paolo Sorrentino's second feature, The Family Friend (L'Amico di Famiglia), Giacomo Rizzo stars as Geremia de Geremei, a sixtysomething tailor who lives with his mother in a disgusting and decrepit flat. Though wealthy from the money that he has culled via loan-sharking, Geremia is a thoroughly miserable wretch, driven into the throes of destruction by his own incredible selfishness and his obsessive infatuation with a beautiful local girl, Rosalba (Laura Chiatta), whom he meets when asked to assist with her wedding. Geremia agrees, but takes the bride off alone and pressures her into sex, little realizing that he's sowing the seeds of his own downfall. Meanwhile, a bidet supplier attempts to goad Geremia into giving him a massive loan -- an amount that Geremia could never possibly fork over. Throughout the film, Sorrentino packs in numerous surrealistic touches, from the sight of a nun buried up to her neck in sand (accompanied by an aural assault on the soundtrack) to a grotesque glimpse of Rizzo with a potato poultice around his head to the jarring sight of Geremia's village, built by Mussolini on an Italian swampland. In the process, Sorrentino manages to create his own distinct world and thoroughly unforgettable characters. He also pulls off an incredibly difficult feat, by enabling the audience to care about a markedly unpleasant central figure. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for L' Amico di Famiglia (The Family Friend) (Friend of the Family)

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

All the surface style is properly wrapped around ideas of substance.

Full Review… | November 29, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The film fails singularly to provide any character worth caring about.

May 26, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Paolo Sorrentino's third feature The Family Friend expands the maverick helmer's singular vision, though this time he's crafted a more complex world to illustrate his philosophy: everyone steals, and everyone is unhappy.

Full Review… | May 25, 2006
Variety
Top Critic

Sorrentino is often accused of being all style and no substance, but on the contrary his films are carefully built around the contrast between surface appearances and hidden depths.

Full Review… | July 6, 2007
Eye for Film

For many directors this would be counted as a considerable success, but from the director of The Consequences Of Love, it seems like a disappointment. It's smart, it looks great and there are fantastic characters, but the motive power just isn't there.

Full Review… | March 16, 2007

Wrangling the characters in vividly coloured tableaux, he dazzles the viewer with an array of enigmatic images.

Full Review… | March 16, 2007
Total Film

Audience Reviews for L' Amico di Famiglia (The Family Friend) (Friend of the Family)

½

Unusual and uneven tale of an unattractive small time loan shark and his trouble with women. Admittedly stunning visual style and left field music can't quite compensate for the willful eccentricity which often seems forced and unnecessary.

Gordon Anderson
Gordon Anderson

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