Human Capital


Human Capital

Critics Consensus

Part character study, part socioeconomic fable, Human Capital offers trenchant commentary as well as absorbing drama.



Total Count: 67


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HUMAN CAPITAL begins at the end, as a cyclist is run off the road by a careening SUV the night before Christmas Eve. As details emerge of the events leading up to the accident, the lives of the well-to-do Bernaschi family, privileged and detached, will intertwine with the Ossolas, struggling to keep their comfortable middle-class life, in ways neither could have expected. Dino Ossola (Fabrizio Bentivoglio), in dire financial straits, anticipates the birth of twins with his second wife (Valeria Golino). Meanwhile, Dino's teenage daughter's relationship with hedge-fund manager Giovanni Bernaschi's playboy son complicates an already tricky social dance of status, money and ambition. Paolo Virzi's taut character study deconstructs the typical linear narrative, observing transformative events from each character's perspective. The result is a nuanced account of desire, greed and the value of human life in an age of rampant capitalism and financial manipulation. (C) Film Movement

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Guglielmo Pinelli
as Massimiliano Bernaschi
Giovanni Anzaldo
as Luca Ambrosini
Matilde Gioli
as Serena Ossola
Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
as Carla Bernaschi
Luigi Lo Cascio
as Donato Russomanno
Valeria Golino
as Roberta Morelli
Fabrizio Gifuni
as Giovanni Bernaschi
Vincent Nemeth
as L'avvocato Gérard Pierret
Bebo Storti
as Inspector
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Critic Reviews for Human Capital

All Critics (67) | Top Critics (21) | Fresh (54) | Rotten (13)

  • The film is further undone by an overwrought ending and toneless conclusion that proves too soft to energize the movie's implied though underdeveloped social critique.

    Apr 3, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Valeria Bruni Tedeschi contributes an affecting performance as the rich boy's spiritually bereft mother, whose self-worth has been smothered by luxury.

    Apr 2, 2015 | Full Review…
  • With its stylish lines and creamy production values, "Human Capital" combines the luxurious look of a classic wish-fulfillment fantasy with a stinging critique of capitalism's excesses and psychic costs.

    Feb 26, 2015 | Full Review…
  • In "Human Capital," the destinies of two Italian families become intertwined after a hit-and-run accident in which the victim is a waiter.

    Feb 19, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Human Capital transplants the action from Connecticut to a wealthy suburb of Milan, but the theme remains the same: In our rush to attain supposed happiness through money and power, we often overlook the things that really matter and make us truly happy.

    Feb 12, 2015 | Rating: 3/4
  • Though it initially shows signs of overcoming its creakiness, "Capital" loses value when its screenwriters try too hard to be clever.

    Feb 12, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Human Capital

  • Dec 20, 2014
    A sharp and intelligent social commentary with strong performances and a multilayered narrative that examines the value of human life in our world and interweaves the perspectives of three characters to show the irremediable impact that people have on each other's lives.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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